The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to use caution when discharging fireworks during the Fourth of July fireworks season and encourages residents to extend common courtesy to their neighbors by limiting the hours during which they discharge.
In unincorporated Snohomish County, fireworks can only be discharged between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on July 4. Municipalities throughout Snohomish County set their own regulations, and in some municipalities fireworks’ use is banned.
If you are using fireworks this holiday, please take precautions. The United States experiences more than 11,000 fireworks-related injuries annually. Most of these injuries occur because of the mishandling and misuse of fireworks.
Please follow these simple tips to help keep you and others safe:
• 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, contact the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office at 425-388-3557.