Internet purchase of fireworks remains illegal

June 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2014

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy reminds Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the Internet is illegal.

In Washington state, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period. Orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the Internet or posted on websites such as craigslist.

Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area. Fireworks are banned within the city of Issaquah limits.

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Use common sense to avoid New Year’s safety hazards

December 31, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012

State fire officials asked New Year’s Eve revelers to use common sense to avoid safety mishaps as 2012 comes to a close.

The holiday is a time for families and friends to get together, but New Year’s Eve also poses a greater risk for fire, whether revelers entertain at home or head out to ring in 2013.

Experts at the State Fire Marshal’s Office offer advice to remain safe around New Year’s Eve fireworks and at holiday events.

The safest way to experience New Year’s Eve fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by professionals.

Make sure fireworks possession is legal, and the law allows for discharge. Though King County loosens fireworks rules in unincorporated areas on New Year’s Eve, Issaquah keeps a citywide ban in place.

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Follow safety tips to avoid Christmas tree catastrophes

December 11, 2012

The holiday season is a time for celebration, but fire hazards from Christmas trees and other decorations can dampen the festive spirit.

Experts at the State Fire Marshal’s Office remind residents to properly care for and decorate Christmas trees, and to practice fire safety in order to prevent yuletide emergencies.

If a household holiday display includes a natural tree, keep the tree adequately watered. Improper care and decoration of live or artificial Christmas trees can lead to catastrophic fires.

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Follow fire safety tips to avoid Christmas tree disasters

December 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 4, 2012

The holiday season is a time for celebration, but fire hazards from Christmas trees and other decorations can dampen the festive spirit.

State fire officials remind residents to properly care for and decorate Christmas trees, and to practice fire safety in order to prevent yuletide emergencies.

If a household holiday display includes a natural tree, keep the tree adequately watered. Improper care and decoration of live or artificial Christmas trees can lead to catastrophic fires.

“It takes only seconds for a tree to ignite and the entire room to become engulfed in flames,” state Fire Marshal Charles Duffy said in a statement.

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Cooks, avoid turkey fryer dangers on Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 20, 2012

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but the state fire marshal urged caution for holiday cooks preparing to fry a bird for the big feast.

State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy said residents should remember fire safety during the Thanksgiving celebration. Duffy’s office offered information Monday from the Underwriters Laboratories regarding turkey fryers.

UL considers turkey fryers as dangerous to use, because the units present safety hazards to consumers.

“We’re worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use,” John Drengenberg, UL consumer affairs manager, said in a statement. “Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark.”

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State fire marshal offers advice for Halloween safety

October 30, 2012

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012

Halloween frights can come from flammable costumes and decorations, state Fire Marshal Charles Duffy cautioned residents as the holiday approached.

The state fire marshal reminded parents to plan ahead for little ghouls’ safety and to make Halloween a fire-safe holiday.

“Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires,” Duffy said in a statement.

Revelers can practice some simple tips to remain safe on the holiday.

Safety can start at the store, as parents and children select a costume.

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Dump leftover Independence Day fireworks for safety

July 10, 2012

Fourth of July revelers should dump leftover fireworks, rather than storing the pyrotechnics inside a home or garage.

Curious children may decide to light old fireworks. Exposure to water or chemicals can cause the composition of fireworks to change, making them hazardous materials. Stray sparks could ignite fireworks and lead to disaster. Or the explosives could spontaneously combust.

Safety experts recommend disposing of small amounts of fireworks by removing the fuse, and then soaking the fireworks in water until saturated. The waterlogged fireworks should then be double-bagged in trash bags.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office offers additional tips for Independence Day revelers to toss leftover fireworks at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.

Officials aim to avoid repeat of fireworks-related blazes

June 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2012

State fire officials reminded Independence Day revelers to practice fire safety in a bid to avoid a repeat of fireworks-related fires from 2011.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy said fireworks caused 264 fires last year, including 199 wildland and vegetation fires — or 75 percent of fireworks-related blazes. The fires resulted in $118,350 in losses.

Summer weather conditions make grasses and other vegetation dry and susceptible to fire. If revelers use fireworks in hot, windy conditions, a small fire can rapidly grow if grass or another fuel is present.

If a firework comes into contact with a vegetated area, use a hose or bucket of water and soak the area. Make sure no hot spot remains to rekindle later.

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Internet fireworks sales remain illegal in Washington

June 19, 2012

In Washington, buying fireworks is not as simple as point, click, boom.

Internet sales of fireworks remain illegal, state fire officials reminded the public Monday. Fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.

Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5. People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

Under state law, orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the Internet or posted on websites, such as craigslist.

In Issaquah, discharging fireworks is banned on Independence Day and the rest of the year. Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate them for a first offense. If police catch revelers putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

Residents in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie and Mirrormont, face looser rules, but some restrictions apply.

Internet fireworks sales remain illegal in Washington

June 12, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2012

In Washington, buying fireworks is not as simple as point, click, boom.

Internet sales of fireworks remain illegal, state fire officials reminded the public Monday. Fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.

Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5. People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

Under state law, orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the Internet or posted on websites, such as craigslist.

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