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Redwood City-San Carlos Fire Departments Remind Residents About the Dangers of Fireworks

Post Date:06/19/2015 10:46 AM


For Immediate Release 
June 19, 2015

Media contact: 

James Palisi 
Fire Marshal, Redwood City 

Meghan Horrigan
City Manager's Office, Redwood City

Redwood City/San Carlos, Calif. - The Redwood City-San Carlos Fire Departments remind the public that all fireworks, including the so-called "safe and sane" variety, are illegal in all areas of both cities. The fire departments also recommend that the public view fireworks by attending a fireworks display conducted by professional pyro technicians, such as the Fourth of July fireworks celebration offered at the Port of Redwood City.

"We encourage residents to have an enjoyable and safe Fourth of July and attend official fireworks celebrations offered within the region, instead of risking their families and properties by using illegal fireworks within the communities of Redwood City and San Carlos," said Jim Palisi, Redwood City-San Carlos fire marshal. 

Every Independence Day, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using illegal fireworks. On average, 32,000 fires occur and 9,300 injuries result from fireworks nationally (according to the National Fire Protection Association). Many people are still not aware of the risks associated with using illegal fireworks, which include devastating fires, burns, injuries, or even death.

"With the current drought, one more spark means one more fire and if a person is caught using fireworks, a ci tation may be issued or an arrest may be made by law enforcement officers," said Palisi. "Persons that cause a fire by the use of fireworks could be held liable for the cost of suppressing such fires by the fire department, and may also be sued in civil court if they cause damage to another person's property."

To make the annual holiday more enjoyable and safe for the public, the Redwood City-San Carlos Fire Departments offer the tips below. If you attend a fireworks display in your city, please remember the following:

  • Spectators should obey all ushers or monitors and respect the safety barriers set up to allow the trained operator room to do their job safely.
  • Resist any temptation to get close to the actual firing site. In fact, viewing is best from a quarter-mile away.
  • Although it rarely happens, it is possible that a firework component might fall to the ground without exploding. The public should be cautioned not to touch these fireworks, and to instead contact the event authorities, or local police and/or fire departments.
  • Pets, particularly dogs, have very sensitive ears and the booms and bangs associated with a fireworks display can be quite uncomfortable. Leave pets at home if you are planning to attend a fireworks show. Also leave a radio on at home to help keep your pets calm in case illegal fireworks are used in your neighborhood.

Fire Department and Law Enforcement officials urge the public to enjoy the holiday weekend and remind the public to call 9-1-1 if illegal fireworks are being used in Redwood City or San Carlos. Please contact the Redwood City Fire Department at 650-780-7400 for additional information regarding fireworks and the dangers of using them.

For more Redwood City fireworks event details, visit:

About the City of Redwood City

The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City features the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter. To learn more about Redwood City’s downtown and to plan a visit, go to



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