SFFD Fireworks Public Safety Announcement - 2015

cartoon firecracker exploding!SAFE & SANE?.....................NO SUCH THING!

FIREWORKS are unpredictable and dangerous, especially in the hands of amateurs.

In a single year, approximately 18,000 reported fires are started by fireworks, and up to 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

The harsh reality of amateur fireworks is that they cause an estimated $20 million in property loss annually and a number of preventable burn injuries and dismemberments.  More than 35% of emergency room fireworks injuries were caused by sparklers, novelties and fountains alone.

Unbeknownst to most, sparklers burn at a temperature of more than 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature hot enough to melt gold.  Water boils at 212 degrees, nearly a thousand degrees cooler than sparklers burn.

Here are some tips for having a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July:

  • Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • Attend a public display fireworks show.
  • Don’t allow children to pick up fireworks that may be left over. They may still be active.
  • Report all use of consumer fireworks to the San Francisco Police Department. 
    Consumer fireworks are illegal in San Francisco.


Please check out more fireworks safety tips below:

      NFPA Fireworks Safety Tips (PDF)


Please report all fireworks to the San Francisco Police Department at: (415) 553-0123