Neighbor Sarah, your intrepid public safety correspondent, has a humble request for all Citizens of Bernalwood during the upcoming July Fourth holiday: Please do not turn Bernal Hill into a blazing inferno.
Neighbor Sarah explains:
It’s that time of year again – time for most of us to celebrate freedom, the Declaration of Independence, and the birth of our nation. It’s also time when some damage property and endanger people by setting off illegal fireworks and leaving lots of garbage behind. As we prepare for July 4, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Do not set off fireworks. Definitely don’t set them off on Bernal Hill, which is covered in dry grasses and brush. You may recall that last year, some moron set the Hill on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt, but imagine if this had happened in an area crowded with people watching the downtown fireworks display. If you remember no other item on this list, remember this one. No. Fireworks. On. Bernal. Hill.
2. If you see someone setting off illegal fireworks on Bernal Hill, call the police. Dial 553-0123 if nothing is on fire yet. Dial 911 or 553-8090 if there is an active blaze. The Ingleside Station will dedicate a patrol car to Bernal Heights Blvd. and Bernal Hill this year. Also, whereas in the past I’ve gotten the vibe that dispatch doesn’t want to hear about every illegal fireworks display in SF because there’s simply no way to respond to them all, Capt. Falvey assures me that they DO want to know about the more dramatic displays (ie, the ones that go high into the air and explode) from people’s back yards, because the embers can land on roofs. Again, call 553-0123 if you see one, and call 911 if it actually sets off a fire.
3. Help clean up Bernal Hill the morning after! Last year, the Hill was a wreck. It was covered with garbage, broken bottles, etc. It may be even worse this year, since the 4th is on a Friday, which might attract a larger crowd. Join Bernal neighbors at 10am on July 5 to clean up. Meet near the south gate at the bulletin board (Geo-Reminder: the south side is the side closest to Anderson St.). We’ll have bags and latex gloves, but bring work gloves if you have/want them. Bring full bags back to the garbage area on that side when you’re done. DPW will do an extra pickup that day. Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTOS: Fire on Bernal Hill, July 4, 2013, by Neighbor Bernard