Safety officials offer reminder as fireworks sales start
June 26, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. June 26, 2011
Independence Day revelers can start picking up fireworks at noon Tuesday, as retail stands open across the state.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office recorded 575 fireworks incidents last year — including 162 injuries; 50 injuries involved children under 14.
“There is much that can be done to protect children and others from fireworks injuries,” Fire Marshal Charles Duffy said in a news release.
In the Issaquah area, Issaquah Christian Church sells fireworks to benefit relief missions.
The state Fire Marshal’s office offers tips for fireworks safety:
- Set family boundaries. Only adults should light fireworks. Supervision is paramount in keeping children safe.
- Fireworks should not be readily available to tempt the curiosity of young children, and should be stored in a secured location to prohibit access.
- Check with the local fire or police departments for additional restrictions in the area. (Discharging fireworks is banned inside Issaquah city limits, but fireworks can be discharged on Independence Day in unincorporated King County.)
- Most importantly, talk about safety. Summer weather conditions make grass and other vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire. Use care in selecting the area to discharge fireworks.
Remember to purchase fireworks legal to possess and discharge. Stay away from high-powered, illegal explosive devices, such as M80s and M100s. The illegal fireworks can cause devastating injuries and even result in death.
Or, attending a public display is a safe and fun way to enjoy fireworks. The state Fire Marshal’s Office has compiled a list of community fireworks displays statewide.