Archived News Release from 2006
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Fire Department Reminds Community of Ban on Fireworks
Redwood City, CA - June 21 , 2006 - With the hot days of summer upon us, the community of Redwood City is looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July next month. The Redwood City Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the ban on all types of fireworks in Redwood City. There is good reason for this ban, as fireworks are the primary cause of thousands of fires and injuries throughout the United States each 4th of July. The good news is that these fires and injuries are preventable, if people comply with local laws prohibiting the use of fireworks.
The California Fire Code adopted by the City of Redwood City prohibits any type of fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” variety. The only permitted use of fireworks is for professional fireworks shows, such as that which takes place at the Port of Redwood City, sponsored by the Peninsula Celebration Association.
Redwood City Police will be on the lookout for fireworks throughout the 4th of July holiday period. Anyone caught in possession of fireworks will have the fireworks confiscated and will be subject to a citation. Fireworks obtained in other jurisdictions may not be brought into or used within Redwood City.
Fireworks are illegal in most parts of San Mateo County, and other jurisdictions share Redwood City’s commitment to maintain a safe 4th of July holiday. To fully inform the community of Redwood City’s prohibition on fireworks, all main roadway entrances into the City will be posted with a sign saying “No Fireworks in Redwood City.” The signs feature bright red letters on a white background to make them very visible to passing motorists. The City’s goal is for the community to have a safe, fun 4th of July holiday, and to prevent fire or injury incidents related to fireworks.
Information on fire safety is available from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website, located at www.nfpa.org. Here, you’ll find guidelines for installing and maintaining smoke alarms, basic fire escape planning, tips for people living in apartment buildings, tips for older adults, and more. More information on how to make your home “fire-safe” can be obtained by contacting the Redwood City Fire Department at 650-780-7400 or visiting www.redwoodcity.org/fire.
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Administrative Chief/Fire Marshal
Redwood City Fire Department