Be Prepared, Be Safe, and Be Responsible
Always be prepared, take every safety precaution and be respectful of your neighbors and surroundings. Fireworks Do's and Don'ts!
Be Prepared before lighting any firework:
- Know the fireworks law in your area.
- Purchase only legal fireworks, available at Washington State licensed stands. How to ID illegal fireworks.
- Ensure the safety of pets; the loud sounds make them nervous. More pets become lost on this day than any other when panicked—going through open windows, breaking tethers, and leaping fences.
- Have a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
- Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
- Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
- Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire.
Be Safe when fireworks are being lit:
- Use only outdoors on a level, flat, hard surface.
- Only adults should light fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
- Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them.
- Keep spectators at a safe distance (recommend 20 feet from fireworks).
- Keep away from anything that can burn.
- Follow the directions on the label carefully.
- Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
- Follow the time restrictions for discharge.
Be Responsible after the fireworks are done:
- Clean up all debris when finished.
- Duds can be dangerous; if a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least fifteen minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
- Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
- Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won’t catch anything on fire.
To report the illegal use of fireworks, call 3-1-1.
Call 9-1-1 to report a fire, injury, or other emergency.