Skagit County, WA- Local fire departments and first responders are asking for residents to make smart choices this 4th of July. They are urging the public to know the fireworks laws, to be courteous neighbors and keep their homes and families safe.
A press release from the county has outlined some guidelines for safe firework use.
Legal fireworks can be used in unincorporated Skagit County during the following dates and times:
The release urges residents who live within city or town limits to check with their local law. If you are unsure whether you live within city or town limits, you can check out iMap at https://www.skagitcounty.net/Maps/iMap/. City and town boundaries are shown by a grey dashed line. Fireworks are also illegal on state forestlands and in most parks.
“The Fourth is a great time to celebrate with friends and family,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Bonnie LaCount. “Even though we’ve had a few days of rain this month, fireworks still pose a serious fire risk. We’re asking that you celebrate safely. Make smart choices if you choose to use fireworks, and take extra precautions to ensure you don’t accidentally set dry brush or grass on fire.”
The Fire Marshal’s office also published a list of several public shows planned around the county:
- Big Lake fireworks show: 9 p.m. July 3, over Big Lake
- Anacortes: At dusk July 4, over Fidalgo Bay
- La Conner: 9 p.m. July 4, near the Port of Skagit
- Mount Vernon: At dusk, July 4, at Edgewater Park
- Sedro-Woolley: At dusk, July 4, at Riverside Park
Firework safety is extremely important. Annually, hospitals report at least one firework-related injury. The Fire Marshal is encouraging residents to follow all instructions printed on labels as well as make sure fireworks are discharged in an open area, away from flammable material.
Some simple tips for firework safety include:
- Reading instructions and warnings
- Keeping a hose and/or bucket of water nearby
- Use a clear flat surface for lighting fireworks
- Safely dispose of fireworks
- Do not use illegal fireworks
- Do not lean over or hold fireworks while lighting
- Do not point fireworks towards others
- Do not disassemble fireworks
If you would like more information about Skagit County firework laws and safety tips, you can visit their site online at http://www.skagitcounty.net/fireworks.