The Safest Way to Celebrate the Fourth is to Attend a Public Display
A Message From the King County Fire Chiefs Association
(KING COUNTY, WASH) - Fire Chiefs from around King County remind people the safest way to celebrate the Fourth of July is to attend one of the many public displays in the region. Since 2012, fireworks related injuries continue to surpass fireworks related fires.
According to the Washington State Fire Marshals' Office, in 2016 there were 242 injuries related to fireworks. The average age was 25 with 71% being male and 32% being under the age of 18. "What is most alarming is the number of injuries to children under the age of 7," said Dave Nelson, spokesman for the King County Fire Chiefs Association. "Last year, 35 young children suffered injuries from fireworks and 25 were between the ages of 8-14. We must remember fireworks, especially sparklers, can be dangerous to children as they can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees."
There are many child-safe celebration activities children can enjoy and leave the fireworks in the hands of a responsible adult. Search the web for activities such as; patriotic arts and crafts, glow-in-the-dark sticks, foil pinwheels, confetti poppers, streamers, piñatas or bubble machines.
"Fireworks of all kinds, legal or illegal, can cause injury. Sixty-one percent of the injuries last year resulted from legal fireworks," said Nelson.
We have some of the best fireworks shows in the region, including 19 in King County. A complete list of fireworks displays in the state can be found here
Laws differ from area to area in King County and around the state. A complete list can be found here
You can view the State Fire Marshal 2016 Fireworks Report here
Please check your local ordinances, have fun and most importantly, be safe!