Celebrate Safely with these Firework Safety Tips

4th of July is just around the corner and Graham Fire & Rescue wants everyone to have fun and celebrate safely. While fireworks can be a lot of fun, it’s important to understand the immense value of safety required when around or using fireworks. Improper handling of fireworks could lead to serious injuries such as eye trauma, the loss of a limb, and severe burns. They can also cause devastating property damage on a day that is intended for celebrating with family and friends.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 11,500 emergency room-treated injuries involving fireworks in 2021. Of those injuries, 1,500 were associated with firecrackers and 1,100 involved sparklers. In addition, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office received reports of 360 fires started by fireworks in 2020.

Firework related injuries and fires are preventable – please take the time to learn how to stay safe when using and around fireworks this year:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of a fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move quickly away from the firework.
  • Light fireworks on a flat and level surface, and away from houses, trees, and other flammable objects.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.
  • Never light fireworks in your hand and never use them indoors.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, soak the fireworks in a bucket of water overnight prior to disposing of them.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.

Please do not call 9-1-1 for firework related complaints unless there is an immediate threat to life or property. Firework related complaints should be made by calling the non-emergency number at 253-287-4455. This will help keep 9-1-1 clear for life threatening emergencies.