FOURTH OF JULY ADVISORY
The possession and use of fireworks within San Francisco city limits is illegal. The San Francisco Police Department will be at maximum staffing to promote safety and will enforce drinking in public and public nuisance violations, as well as the sale, possession, and discharging of fireworks violations. Units will also monitor and respond to all “Shot-Spotter” activations.
Fireworks have been known to cause explosions with major property damage. Fireworks, too, have a traumatic effect on pets, causing stress and inducing panic. And because of the major fires that are raging through California woodlands, the dangers of fireworks should be much more in the public’s consciousness. For the safety of individuals and the protection of property, whether buildings or park areas, people should obey the laws prohibiting fireworks within San Francisco. Please visit http://sf.funcheap.com/san-francisco-4th-july-fireworks-show/ for locations in San Francisco and around the Bay Area to see free fireworks shows.
Just a dozen cities in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz County allow the sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks. SAN FRANCISCO IS NOT ONE OF THESE CITIES. Any fireworks not purchased at licensed fireworks vendors are considered illegal, and fireworks can’t be bought in one of the 12 cities and set off someplace else.
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.