Child Seat Safety

  • Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat until they weigh 40 pounds or more or are at least 40 inches tall. 
  • Children under the age of 8 or under 4'9″ must be secured in the appropriate car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
  • Vehicle safety belt should fit as follows: lap belt low (touching the thighs), shoulder belt across middle of chest and shoulder (not under arm or behind back), knees bent comfortably without slouching.
  • If your child does not fit this description, make sure they ride in a booster seat. 
  • It is always a good idea to have a certified technician check the installation of your car seat.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & AED Training

The Santa Cruz Fire Department does not provide CPR training to the public.  Please see our list of CPR Providers.   

Recreational or Warming Fire

  • Allowed every day - unless there is high wildfire danger.
  • warming recreational fire is an outdoor fire, burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
  • Recreational Fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.  Conditions which would cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  • There are no restrictions to indoor fireplace or wood stove burning within City limits.
  • There are no restrictions for the use of BBQ's or grills within City limits.  
  • Fires are not allowed on any City Beaches. 

Outside Backyard Burning

  • The annual backyard burning season ended April 30th, 2018.
  • Burn permits are $52.
  • Residents must follow burning guidelines and maintain control of their fire at all times.
  • Burn permits are required for all burning projects and must be completed between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm.
  • Property owners may be held liable if a fire escapes their control and/or burns the property of a neighbor.
  • Permits will only be issued to property owners.

What are the primary threats to homes during a wildfire?

The Firewise USA Website of the NFPA provides Wildfire Risk Reduction Steps to make your home safer during a wildfire.  


Sky Lanterns are Prohibited in California

Sky Lanterns are made from combustible materials such as paper bags or light fabrics which then take flight by the heat from an open flame candle. These devices are a fire safety hazard and we prohibit their use. These lanterns can travel through the air and come down in areas that can catch fire. The use of Sky Lanterns is prohibited by several laws and codes including the Health and Safety Code, T-19 Public Safety Code, the Public Resources Code, and the International Fire Code.