The Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds citizens to celebrate the Fourth of July safely.
Last year, Pierce County hospitals treated 34 firework-related injuries, according to the Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal. Avoid serious injury by exercising caution when discharging fireworks. Also, the combination of fireworks and the forecasted warm weather can cause a significant fire hazard. Nationally, thousands of dollars in property damage are reported as a direct result of fireworks use.
Citizens can stay safe and play a significant role in reducing accidental fires by following a few simple tips:
• Only use fireworks in legal locations. • Store fireworks out of children’s reach.
• Only use fireworks purchased from state-licensed fireworks stands.• Keep pets safe and indoors.
• Always read and follow instructions.• Only adults should light fireworks.
• Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand.• Never relight a “dud.”
• Always keep water handy.• Soak used fireworks in water.
Fireworks are banned in the following jurisdictions: Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the cities of Fircrest, Ruston, Steilacoom and Tacoma. Additionally, fireworks are banned in all city, county and state parks. Contact your local fire department for other restrictions in your area. This is a list of legal fireworks, and firework restrictions and bans in Pierce County.
Sheri Badger, Pierce County Emergency Management(253) 798-2204[email protected]