Seattle Fire Department issues safety guidelines to prevent fireworks fires

June 11, 2024

Fireworks safety advice from Seattle Fire Department

As reported by the Seattle Fire Department, every year, the personal use of fireworks leads to numerous fires and injuries in the Seattle area.

In 2022, the State Fire Marshal’s Office recorded over 500 fireworks-related fires and injuries.

Additionally, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 58 fireworks-related incidents in 2023.

A notable incident occurred on July 4, 2020, in West Seattle when fireworks ignited dry brush in front of a four-story apartment building.

The fire quickly extended to the top floor balcony, resulting in several residents being displaced and an estimated loss of $100,000.

Reducing fire risks during warmer weather

Warmer weather increases the risk of dry grass, bark, and brush fires. Fireworks can easily ignite fires under these conditions.

To help prevent such incidents, the Seattle Fire Department advises residents to take several precautions.

Residents should remove branches, dry grass, and other flammable materials from around their homes.

Ensuring that tree branches do not touch the home and clearing roofs and gutters of pine needles and leaves are also recommended steps.

Additionally, loose paper recyclables should be kept in closed bins to prevent them from catching fire.

Having a garden hose with a nozzle ready for use is also advised.

Importance of functional smoke alarms

The Seattle Fire Department emphasizes the importance of functional smoke alarms.

Residents should regularly test their smoke alarms by pressing the test button to ensure they are working correctly.

In the event of a fire, it is crucial to call 9-1-1 immediately after reaching a safe location away from the fire.

Fireworks are illegal within the City of Seattle.

For reporting the illegal discharge of fireworks, residents should use the non-emergency line for the Community Safety and Coordination Center at 206-625-5011 instead of calling 9-1-1.

Legal and safety considerations

The Seattle Fire Department reiterates that fireworks are illegal in the city limits.

This regulation aims to reduce the risk of fires and injuries associated with fireworks.

Residents are encouraged to follow the outlined safety guidelines to protect their homes and communities from the dangers posed by fireworks.

For more information on fire safety and regulations regarding fireworks, residents can visit the Seattle Fire Department’s website or contact local authorities.

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