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Jun 16

Leave the fireworks to the experts

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 11:29 am by Clay Curtin

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. In Menlo Park, ALL fireworks are illegal (including so called “safe and sane” fireworks).

In 2018, five people died and over 9,100 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, nearly 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Approximately 5,600 fireworks related injuries, over 62% of injuries took place during the one month period from June 22 to July 22, 2018. An estimated 1,700 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers – 500 of those from sparklers alone!

Additionally, fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries and $105 million in direct property damage. (Source: National Fire Protection Association)

Police will respond quickly to reports of unlawful use and/or possession of fireworks. Anyone found using or in possession of fireworks is subject to citations and/or arrest. Residents can report the use of fireworks by calling the police non-emergency number at 650-330-6300.