As we soon celebrate the 4th of July, people often are confused about when they can legally discharge fireworks. In unincorporated Snohomish County, fireworks can only be discharged between 9am and 11:59pm on July 4. Many cities within Snohomish County set their own time regulations while others ban the use of fireworks. For a comprehensive list of the rules for each city, go to:
The Fire Marshal's Office urges you to use fireworks with care. According to the following report from The Daily Herald (http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110623/blog48/706269991/-1/rss35), in Snohomish County in 2009 and 2010 there were 196 fires started by fireworks and 77 injuries caused by fireworks. Also, during the week before the 4th and on the 4th, 911 is swamped will calls concerning fireworks hazards and injuries.
The Fire Marshal's Office recommends that you take the following measures to ensure that you have a safe time if you use fireworks:
• In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
• Have a bucket of water for emergencies and to douse used fireworks.
• Never build or experiment with homemade fireworks.
• Never let children handle or light fireworks. Even sparklers can be dangerous if unsupervised.
• Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Light one at a time, and move away quickly.
• Make sure you give yourself enough room in a safe location – away from buildings, vehicles and flammable materials.
• Never light fireworks inside a structure.
• Watch what you wear. Loose clothing can catch fire and should not be worn while handling fireworks.
• Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Soak them in water, then throw them away.
• Never ignite fireworks when you are under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or mind-altering narcotics.
• Never aim fireworks at vehicles.
For more information on the safe use of fireworks go to:
or call the Fire Marshal's Office at (425) 388-3557.