In a recent press release (http://www.co.snohomish.wa.us/documents/Departments/PDS/Fire_Marshall/execsversionof4thofJulyfireworkssafetyPressRelease.pdf) it points out that nationwide, twice as many fires are reported on July 4 than on any other day of the year. And, fireworks account for two out of five fires on July 4, more than any other cause of fires.
Knowing when you can shoot fireworks is an important element to fireworks safety. In unincorporated Snohomish County, you can only shoot fireworks between 9am and 11:59pm on July 4. Cities within Snohomish County set their own regulations regarding fireworks. The following handout lists the rules for most cities in the county:
The Fire Marshal’s Office recommends that you take the following measures to use fireworks safely:
- 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.
- 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 while handling fireworks.
- never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned; soak them in water, then throw them away.
- never ignite fireworks while you are under the influence of alcohol and/or mind-altering drugs.
- never aim fireworks at vehicles, homes, or people.
For more information on the safe use of fireworks, contact the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office at 425-388-3557.
For more information about fireworks go to:
One city that bans fireworks is Everett. Look at the following link to My Everett News for more information about Everett’s ban: