POLICE, FIRE CHIEFS HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO ADVISE PUBLIC ON NO FIREWORKS ENFORCEMENT IN PASADENA

Posted on June 29, 2017 in ,

SPECIAL NOTE: DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR ANIMAL COMPANIONS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. ALL OF THE LOUD NOISES FROM FIREWORKS CAN FRIGHTEN THEM. TO PREVENT THEM FROM RUNNING AWAY IN A PANIC, PLEASE SECURE YOUR ANIMAL FRIENDS IN A QUIET SPACE, MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE FOOD, WATER, TREATS AND TLC. THEY DEPEND ON YOU FOR THEIR CARE AND WELL-BEING.

PASADENA, Calif.–Fire Department Chief Bertral Washington and Police Chief Phillip Sanchez discuss  City’s Zero Tolerance fireworks enforcement during the Fourth of July Holiday.  Best advice is to leave the pyrotechnics to the pros! Go to Americafest at the Rose Bowl Stadium,  https://www.rosebowlstadium.com/ for family fun, food, music, entertainment and, yes, the best fireworks show in Southern California.

As part of the press conference, officials announced and demonstrated the spraying of “Phos-Chek” –a fire retardant–to brush areas around the stadium in the Arroyo Seco area.

The City maintains a Zero Tolerance enforcement policy for fireworks and Pasadena’s police and firefighters are teaming up for special enforcement patrols against fireworks.  Violators are subject to arrest; having their vehicles impounded; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000.

Help keep all of us, our children, homes and property safe from illegal fireworks.  If You See Something, Say Something!  Call Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 to report illegal fireworks and other suspicious activities.  Residents may also use the City’s smart phone app, available at www.cityofpasadena.net/citizen-service-center to report illegal fireworks.

Due to the high potential for fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena police and fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the stadium to seize all fireworks.  Parking enforcement officers will ensure that vehicles illegally parked in Pasadena’s hillside areas on July 4 are impounded.

The Pasadena Fire Department will begin applying Phos-Chek on Thursday, June 29, 2017 to brush areas around the stadium.  The main ingredients of this annual, preventative fire retardant are phosphates and fertilizers to help prevent plants from burning and re-vegetate burned wildland areas.

Pasadena’s Fire Chief Bertral Washington, Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh urge everyone to make safety their top priority and offer the following reminders:

  • Celebrate responsibly, always designate a driver.
  • Don’t forget about your animal companions–firework noises can scare them. Make sure they are kept in a quiet, secured space with water and treats. They depend on you for their care.
  • If outdoors, remember to use sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat and seek shade if needed.
  • Fight the Bite, use bug spray/repellant to protect against mosquitoes.
  • Stay hydrated, drink water or other nutritious fluids before thirsty; limit alcohol & sugary drinks.
  • Many areas of the City, including outdoors, are designated as “No Smoking” zones.  Smoking anything in “No Smoking” areas is prohibited. Always make sure whatever you smoke in an official smoking area is fully extinguished before disposing in appropriate trash container.
  • Always have someone tending the barbecue and watching the swimming pool when in use.
  • Call 9-1-1 for all life-threatening emergencies.
  • Call (626) 744-4241 for all other public safety needs.
  • When calling for help, speak calmly, give accurate location information and reason for calling.
  • Visit www.readypasadena.net for emergency preparedness information; and to register your telephones to receive Red Flag Alerts or other emergency notifications.

 Statistics show fireworks are among the riskiest of all consumer products.  Even sparklers, which many people think are safe, are dangerous and can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit; causing serious burns or fires.  Nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year and two of five people injured from fireworks are under 15 years old.  National Fire Protection Association statistics show about 90 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks which are illegal in Pasadena.

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