Celebrate Safely, Kitsap! Every year, fireworks are responsible for countless fires and injuries.  This year, in the wake of canceled public events and fireworks shows due to COVID-19, local fire officials are urging Kitsap County residents to make safe choices as they look for alternate ways to mark the coming Fourth of July holiday. 

Read more in this press release from the Kitsap County Fire Marshal and the Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association. The Kitsap Public Health District also has recommendations for safe celebrations.

Click here to see the devices that are prohibited for use in Kitsap County.

Did you know that the use of sky lanterns has been prohibited in Kitsap County since 2015?

Around the Fourth of July, 911 systems can become so overwhelmed with fireworks complaints that those with true emergencies may be unable to get through. Once again, Kitsap 911 will activate a special line for fireworks complaints from July 1 at 8 a.m. until July 6 at 5 a.m. During these busy times,  report illegal fireworks use by calling (360)307-5811. Always call 9-1-1 to report fires or serious injuries — whether fireworks-caused or not.

In North Kitsap Fire & Rescue’s service area, the Kitsap County Code limits fireworks discharge to July 4 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. 

The rules governing fireworks use may be different on the Suquamish Tribe’s Port Madison Indian Reservation and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation.

What’s the impact of consumer fireworks mishaps?  See the Washington State Fire Marshal’s 2018 data on fireworks-related injuries and fires.

Here is some inspiration to add some safe sparkle to your holiday: 14 Safe Alternatives to Fireworks, A Few Ideas to Get Into the Patriotic Spirit, and Fourth of July Fun Facts.

For those who still choose to use consumer fireworks, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers this information sheet with safety tips.

Find out how to dispose of fireworks safely here.