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Safe and Sane Fireworks

On behalf of your Mayor, City Councilmembers, and City staff, we hope you enjoy a safe 4th of July Holiday!  San Bruno is one of two cities in San Mateo County that allow the sale and use of Safe and Sane fireworks.  The revenue from the sale of Safe and Sane fireworks helps many community organizations provide a variety of programs that benefit the community, including youth sports programs, booster clubs, and non-profit groups.  All of these organizations contribute to enhance the quality of life in San Bruno.  To ensure that all residents have the opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, the Police and Fire Departments will again be working to make sure that all residents are well informed regarding the use of Safe and Sane fireworks.  These efforts are necessary because past experience during the 4th of July Holiday has shown there continues to be unsafe practices and the use of illegal fireworks.  Please keep in mind, Safe and Sane fireworks are devices that do not fly (have no aerial effects) or explode.  Items that are classified as Safe and Sane include sparklers, snaps, smoke balls, fountains, snakes, and, in some cases, wheels.  Illegal items include firecrackers, rockets and cakes.  When using Safe and Sane fireworks, keep the following safety precautions in mind:

•  Know your fireworks. Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
•  A responsible adult should be present at all times.  Never give fireworks to  children.
•  Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
•  Wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks.
•  Light only one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
•  Use fireworks only outdoors in a clear area.
•  Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
•  Always have a bucket of water and charged hose with nozzle near-by and dispose of fireworks by wetting them down and placing them in a metal trash can away from buildings and combustible materials.
•  Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
•  Immediately report illegal explosives and flying fireworks such as M-80’s and bottle rockets to the Police Department by calling 9-1-1.

The use of Safe and Sane fireworks is allowed from 12:00 Noon until 9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, June 28 through Monday, July 3, and from 12:00 Noon until 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.  Safe and Sane fireworks are only allowed on private property and at least 10 feet away from any residence, building, or structure.

Fireworks are not allowed on public property such as streets, parks, schools, or private open areas such as parking lots or vacant property without the consent of the owner. Extra police patrols will be deployed throughout the City. Officers will be strictly enforcing the laws that prohibit the use of illegal fireworks in San Bruno. Anyone found using illegal fireworks within the City limits will be cited and fined up to $1,000.  All of our efforts are committed to making this an enjoyable holiday for the entire community.  Please do your part to make sure this is a safe 4th of July for the San Bruno community. Questions regarding fireworks in San Bruno can be directed to the Police Department at (650) 616-7100.