Marianne Lindbolm, an emergency dispatcher, helps sell Safe and Sane fireworks with the San Bruno Police Association at the Shops at Tanforan.
Fourth of July means fireworks and for San Bruno and Pacifica — the two San Mateo County cities that authorize the sale and use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks — are in full swing for sales.
But along with the fun, officials warn to be extra careful this year because of the drought.
Belmont Fire Department Captain Patrick Halleran sent out a memo Tuesday reminding residents that the sale, possession and use of all fireworks are prohibited in Belmont.
“Please be extremely careful during the Fourth of July holiday season and throughout the summer months with all outdoor activities,” he wrote. “The abundance of dry grass and brush in the area, coupled with the ongoing California drought, has created extremely dangerous fire conditions.”
TNT Fireworks has five Safe and Sane sales stands in San Bruno and four in Pacifica. Safe and Sane usually means fireworks that do not fly or explode. Fountains, sparklers, wheels, smoke and snake items, strobes, ground spinners, novelty fireworks that do not travel, snappers and caps are usually considered safe.
“We all share a concern for fire safety under these conditions,” said Don Revell, spokesperson for TNT Fireworks. “I think that historically the average consumer and user of state approved fireworks has always acted responsibly with these products.”
The San Bruno Police Department sent out a letter to fireworks patrons noting that there will be increased patrols during the week prior to, and on, July 4. The entire department will be working on the Fourth of July and it is taking a zero-tolerance stance on the use of illegal fireworks, those which don’t have a state fire marshal label, and the misuse of Safe and Sane fireworks. Violators will be fined up to $1,000.
Safe and Sane fireworks can only be used in San Bruno under the following conditions: people can only discharge Safe and Sane fireworks between the hours of noon to 10 p.m. June 28 through July 4 and from noon to midnight July 4. Safe and Sane fireworks are prohibited on or over another’s private property, or within 10 feet of a residence, dwelling or structure. Safe and Sane fireworks can’t be used in public lots, streets, semi-public or private open areas without the written consent of the owner. Adults must supervise minors under 18 using Safe and Sane fireworks. All fireworks are prohibited in San Bruno parks and on school property. To report violators call 616-7100.
“There’s always a high fire danger and always lots of open space in San Bruno,” said Commander Geoff Caldwell of the San Bruno Police Department.
San Bruno TNT Stands can be found at 292 El Camino Real, 250 El Camino Real, 928 El Camino Real, El Camino Real and Sneath Lane and 851 Cherry Ave. Phantom Stands in San Bruno include the Towne Center on El Camino Real and Forever Yours Florist at 799 El Camino Real. In Pacifica, TNT Stands can be found at 776 Bradford Way, 4625 Pacific Coast Highway, 80-210 Eureka Square and 100 Claredon Ave.
The North County Fire Authority, which Pacifica is under, sent out tips for people to follow when using Safe and Sane fireworks.
1. Inspecting all fireworks;
2. Never use damaged or leaking fireworks;
3. Never give fireworks to small children;
4. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place;
5. Light only one item at a time;
6. Drop any “dud” fireworks into a pail of water;
7. Keep spectators at least 10 feet away and don’t point fireworks at anyone;
8. Use fireworks in a clear area at least 20 feet away from a house, wood fence or brush;
9. Light fireworks in a large safe area of dirt, pavement or gravel at least 10 feet square in size;
10. Have a pail of water ready in which to place used or malfunctioning fireworks; and
11. If someone is injured or a fire is started call 911 immediately.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 105