Public Urged to Celebrate July 4th Safely
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap
County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Kitsap County Fire Chief’s Association
are serious about protecting children and adults alike from fireworks
injuries. Both organizations urge people to leave fireworks to the
To emphasize the fire
services’ commitment to a safely celebrated Independence Day, the Kitsap
County Fire Chief’s Association will again donate $250 to each of the areas
public firework displays. “Our goal is to ensure a safe and injury
free holiday for our community,” states Kitsap County Fire Marshal David
Lynam. “By encouraging people to give-up consumer fireworks and enjoy public
fireworks displays, we know we can significantly decrease the number of
emergency room fireworks-related visits in our county,” Lynam says.
Those who decide to use
consumer fireworks are reminded to purchase only legal fireworks from
licensed fireworks stands. Consumer fireworks go on sale at
locations in unincorporated Kitsap County, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and
Poulsbo at noon on Tuesday, June 28 until 10:00 p.m. on July 4. The sale of
fireworks on Bainbridge Island is limited to July 1 – July 4.
Authorized firework discharge periods are the same as last year
with discharge of consumer fireworks limited to July 4, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00
p.m. in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island, the
City of Bremerton, and the City of Port Orchard. Fireworks may not be
discharged at any other time of the year.
The only exception to discharge times is within the City of
Poulsbo limits where fireworks may be discharged beginning at noon on June
28 until 11:00 p.m. each night through July 4, and 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
on July 5.
Certain fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles
and skyrockets are strictly prohibited off of tribal lands. Having or
setting-off these fireworks off tribal land is illegal and subject to civil
and criminal penalties of up to $1,000.
The possession or discharge of M-80’s and larger, cherry bombs,
tennis ball bombs, and legal fireworks that have been altered is a felony
subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.
Responsibility for the legal and safe use of fireworks rest with the
consumer at all times. The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office and
the Kitsap County Fire Chief’s Association reminds you to use fireworks
Purchase only legal fireworks
available at licensed stands.
Only adults should light
Keep kids and other observers a
safe distance from the
Keep a water hose or fire
extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
Light fireworks out of doors
only in a space clear of buildings, brush, trees or other flammable
Soak all fireworks debris and
used, unlit fireworks in a bucket of water. Duds can be dangerous! Never
relight a firework. If an item does not light or go off, an adult should
wait at least 15 minutes before approaching the dud then place it in a
bucket of water.
Keep unused fireworks, matches
and lighters out of sight and reach of children.
For details about fireworks,
firework permits or displays, contact the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s
Office at 360.337.7181.