Celebrate Safely, Kitsap!
"Stay safe, stay healthy and
stay home" is the best advice for this Fourth of July, say fire officials
(KITSAP COUNTY, Wash.) -- In the
wake of canceled public events and fireworks shows, local fire officials are
urging Kitsap County residents to make safe choices as they look for alternate
ways to mark the coming Fourth of July holiday.
As first responders, they see the
results first-hand when things go awry. So, the Kitsap County Fire Chiefs
Association has joined with the Kitsap County Fire Marshal to ask the public to
Kitsap County Fire Marshal David
Lynam says, "The pandemic has impacted so many aspects of our lives,
including how we honor the anniversary of our nation's birth. With no professional fireworks shows
available, we're concerned about more consumer fireworks use and the associated
increases in fires and injuries." The same advice that's been offered
throughout the COVID-19 event applies to the Fourth of July, too, notes Lynam.
"Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home."
fireworks cause nearly 20,000 fires annually
in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's
report on fireworks says that these products caused
over 9,000 emergency room visits in 2018.
The region's trauma and burn center -- Harborview Medical Center --
reported treating dozens for fireworks injuries in 2019. Both nationally and regionally, children are
the age group most impacted by fireworks.
Adding to fire officials' concerns
are some long-range weather forecasts suggesting that local fire danger may
increase significantly with rising temperatures and little rainfall predicted
through June 30. Escaped controlled
fires are the leading cause of wildland fires except around the Fourth of July
when fireworks spark the majority of these incidents.
To reduce the impact of non-emergency calls into Kitsap 911, persons
concerned about fireworks use who aren't reporting immediate threats to life or
property can call a special line -- 360-307-5811 -- between 8 a.m. on July 1
through 5 a.m. on July 6.
You can set off fireworks on July 4, 2020 from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm in unincorporated Kitsap County.
There are no bans on legal fireworks this year. See below for a listing of fireworks that are illegal in Washington State.
Retail sales begin 12:00 noon June 28, 2020, and end 10:00 pm July 4, 2020. Fireworks can be purchased at the following stands in unincorporated Kitsap County:
Walmart #2317 - 6797 State Hwy 303 NE, Bremerton 98311
Safeway - 1401 NE McWilliams Road, Bremerton 98311
Fred Meyer - 5050 State Hwy 303 NE, Bremerton 98311
Crossroads Neighborhood Church - 7555 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton 98311
Chevron - 7968 Seabeck Hwy NW, Bremerton 98312
Silverdale Plaza - 2890 Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale 98383
All-Star Lanes - 2772 NW Myhre Road, Silverdale 98383
Costco - 10000 Mickelberry Road NW, Silverdale 98383
There are no display shows in Kitsap County for the 2020 4th of July holiday.
It is always best practice to discharge fireworks from your own property and assure that no part of the firework including burning embers leaves your property. Individuals and property owners may be held liable in civil courts for any damage caused to persons or property caused by firework discharge. Remember, it is always illegal to:
Soak them in a bucket of water for at least 15 minutes
Wrap them in plastic
Put them in your garbage
The water will contain heavy metals, so it is recommended that you dump the leftover water on gravel or grass – not down a sink or storm drain where it can pollute groundwater, streams, or Puget Sound.
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