Don't take chances with illegal fireworks this year
Original post made by Emily West on Jun 29, 2010
With San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District crews putting out two house fires in Danville last week, not to mention seeing photos of recent training in Camp Parks, it seems that these warnings are especially important.
Fire Marshall Christina Jamison of the SRVFPD said anyone found in possession of fireworks could be fined up to $1,000. Even if they were purchased legally, driving through San Ramon with the freshly purchased loot in tow is against the law.
She went on to say that there will be special patrols during the Fourth of July festivities and often respond to phone calls from residents who notice the illegal activity.
"We try to educate the public as far as the hazards and risks associated with using fireworks and allowing your children to use fireworks," she said. "It's a continuous education with the community, particularly when we have adjacent areas on our border that are selling fireworks."
Last year, she recalls confiscating a "considerable amount" of fireworks, as many police and fire agencies throughout the Bay Area often do. In past experiences reporting on the topic, some agencies will display confiscated items, which include everything from small firecrackers to colorful, coconut-sized fireworks.
While the explosives are intended for fun, oftentimes they result in serious injuries. An interesting statistic Jamison notes comes from the U.S. Fire Administration: 92 percent of the fireworks injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to use.
In addition to potential injuries, there's also a major threat of structure and wild land fires, she added. Other statistics show that in 2008, there was $34 million in property loss nationwide as a result of fireworks.
When weighing the potential risks, it seems the better option would be to view public fireworks displays instead, as the SRVFPD encourages residents to do. Plus, these professional productions put the backyard stuff to shame.
on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:18 am
I have no desire to have my house burned to the ground by somew non-thinking idiot celebrating his version of liberty and independence. Discharging any sort of explosive(and yes, fireworks are explosives) without as permit should be a felony and those who permit the sale(i.e. Dublin) should be held equally culpable!
on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm
I'm with Duffy. These service groups purport to raise money for the community while putting the community at great risk to do so. What sense does that make? If a child losses an eye or is scarred for life the seller and the City of Dublin should be held TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE. The action of the service groups (and the City) is totally and completely irresponsible in modern society ("but it's easy money" they whine). True if you don't consider the real costs - costs that you haven't had to pay until now I hope. You want to sell fireworks - then you pay for the consequences. The signs at the borders don't go far enough - police checkpoints are the answer Chief Holder and Chief Price. Teach fire safety all year long in the schools and then on the 4th give kids 1000 degree sparklers to hold up to their eyes and faces? What message does that send? The ER's should keep track of where the fireworks where purchased and from whom. Better cross your fingers nothing burns down irresponsible service groups. All fun and games they say until someone losses an eye...
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm
Please do not give these hypocritical service groups your money - for fireworks or any other purpose. If they want to risk the health of our children for the almighty dollar we can give our money to others who truly care about our community.
Rotary Club of Dublin (the gang leader, the worst example of all)
Dublin Partner in Education (fireworks, our fundraising partner. Everything else is just too much work. Hey, this is easy!)
Doctors Giving Back (apparently not a group of emergency room or pediatric docs)
Briarhill Swim Team & Cabana (you need eyesite to swim, right?)
Dublin Elementary PFC ("it's for the kids")
Dublin Gaels Booster Club (stick to bake sales, our kids need their fingers)
Dublin Historical Preservation Society (yes, please preserve our homes)
Dublin Irish Guard Band Boosters (fireworks and alcohol don't mix)
Knights of Columbus, Council 7987 (beneath your club to raise money this way)
St. Raymond School ("the kids..." fill in the rest)
Valley Christian Center (stick to the Sunday collection)
GFWC Dublin San Ramon Womens Club (a San Ramon Club - shame on you!)
Crosswinds Church (so sad and so wrong on so many levels)
Great show in San Ramon at 930PM! Don't give these sorry examples a penny of your money - ever!