Monday, June 26, 2017

JULY 4- Use Fireworks Safely

The Fourth of July holiday is coming and fireworks will be part of the celebration.

Last year the Sheriff’s Office responded to over 540 fireworks complaints.

Remember, 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, when there is an immediate threat to life or property, dial 9-1-1.

         have a bucket of water for emergencies and to douse used fireworks. Keep the ground wet.

         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.

         Only light one firework at a time.

Also, if you see illegal discharge of fireworks, please call the non-emergency phone number, (425) 407-3999 for unincorporated Snohomish County or (425) 775-3000 for cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Woodway. DO NOT call 911 unless there is an immediate threat to life or property.

For other resources about fireworks, go to,

National Council on Fireworks Safety:

Snohomish County Fire Marshal:

Fireworks Discharge Locations:

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office:

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