The Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal has issued a call to all residents of Washington about the potential dangers of using fireworks during Fourth of July.
In 2011, there were 264 fires caused by fireworks in Washington State, according to State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy. Duffy explained that these devastating fires caused over $560,000 in damages and could have been easily prevented. People just need to use common sense and make sure they are focused on celebrating the holiday in a safe manner.
“Using fireworks in a negligent or reckless manner can have criminal and/or legal consequences,” reads a statement from Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Dan Johnson. “Consequences range from being charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or even a felony.”
Furthermore, the Office of State Fire Marshal recommends avoiding firework use altogether, as there are many other professional organizations who will be safely celebrating Independence Day this year.
“There are over 100 professional fireworks displays around the 4th of July in Washington,” reads another statement from Johnson. “Shows that are produced by trained professionals displaying spectacular productions illuminated with vibrant colors.”
Essentially, the best way to avoid any serious injuries or disasters is to avoid the use of fireworks completely and attend a local production. However, if you do feel the need to celebrate in your own way, remember the ‘Three B’s of Fireworks Safety:’