The Mason County Fire Marshals Office calls for care in using fireworks.
Remember, the key to safe celebration is COMMON SENSE!
Washington State Law (RCW 70.77.395)allows consumer fireworks to be discharged between the hours of:
- 12 Noon to 11PM on June 28th.
- 9AM to 11PM on June 29th to July 3rd.
- 9AM to midnight on July 4th.
- 9AM to 11PM on July 5th.
- 6PM on December 31st until 1AM on January 1st
These dates and times apply to fireworks discharged in unincorporated areas of Mason County.
Steps to safely using fireworks:
- First, set family boundaries. Only adults should light fireworks.
- Second, fireworks should not be readily available to tempt the curiosity of young children, and should be stored in a safe and secured location to prohibit their access.
- Third, check with your fire department for additional restrictions in your area. Take first-aid training. Most importantly, talk about safety with your family. Use care in selecting the “outdoor” area where you will be discharging fireworks. Place pets indoors as they may become frightened. Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks. Have a charged water hose nearby to put out stray sparks. Keep a first-aid kit handy Teach your children to “stop-drop-roll” if their clothes catch on fire. Do not allow children to light fireworks, only a designated adult. Wear eye protection. Light only one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished. Never throw fireworks or hold fireworks in your hand.
- Finally, under State Law firecrackers, sky rockets, bottle rockets, are illegal to possess and discharge. Possession of illegal fireworks will result in loss of all fireworks and a possible citation.