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Leave fireworks to the experts
Residents encouraged to attend annual Fourth of July Firework Extravaganza
With Fourth of July only a few days away, the San Marcos Fire Department reminds all residents that fireworks are best left to experts.
“Fireworks are extremely dangerous, unpredictable and capable of causing serious burns and disfiguring injuries,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey. “They can also ignite dry brush, grasses and dead tree material and cause serious fires in our community.”
All residents should know that all fireworks — even those labeled “consumer” or “safe and sane” — are illegal in San Diego County. This includes cone fountains, cylindrical fountains, roman candles, skyrockets, firecrackers, mine and shells, helicopter-type rockets, sparklers, poppers and revolving wheels.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of people, including children and teens, are injured every year while using consumer fireworks. Even something as “harmless” as a sparkler, which burns at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause critical injuries and pose a serious fire hazard. Additionally, two out of five fires reported on Independence Day are started by fireworks.
Residents are encouraged to enjoy the city’s FREE professional fireworks show during the annual Fourth of July Firework Extravaganza at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive, on Tuesday, July 4.
Entertainment and festivities begin at 6 pm with the firework show at 9 pm. The evening’s free entertainment featuring Liquid Blue, a show band, will begin at 6 pm. Children’s activities include face painting, party jumps and more. Food concessions will include hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, snow cones and more.
“Offered for more than 36 years of spirited family fun, this annual event offers residents a way to safely enjoy fireworks while celebrating our nation’s independence,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “With children’s activities, food for purchase and a great pyrotechnic display, this event has something for everyone.”
The fireworks show is entirely dependent on community donations. To contribute, please send tax-deductible donations by June 26 to: San Marcos Fireworks Fund, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos 92069. Donations of $25 or more will receive a commemorative item.
For more fire prevention information, contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.
To learn more about the city’s Fourth of July celebration or to donate to the fireworks show, visit www.gofundme.com/SM2017Fireworks.
The San Marcos Fire Department will host an open house for the public on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 am to 2 pm at Fire Station No. 1, 180 W. Mission Road. The open house is an annual event held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 3 to 9.
This free event will give the community an opportunity to visit a local fire station and talk with firefighters to learn more about the San Marcos Fire Department and fire safety.
Numerous events are planned for the open house that will appeal to children and adults. Children will have an opportunity to dress up in firefighter clothing; practice “Stop, Drop and Roll;” and use a fire hose. Adults will be able to use a fire extinguisher on an actual fire and receive helpful fire safety information. Free child fingerprinting will also be available.
“Last year, we had more than 1,700 people attend the open house,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Todd Newman. “We hope to draw a large crowd again this year to help spread the word about fire safety in San Marcos.”
For more information, please contact San Marcos Fire Marshal Matthew Ernau at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3404