JUNE 30, 1997
Celebrate the 4th in our local communities
The 4th of July will be celebrated in Bothell, Woodinville, and Carnation with a choice of major events: parades, entertainment, the reenactments of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, fireworks, and many other fun-filled activities. Long hours of volunteer support, local government and business contributions, and community collaborations have all gone into making these events possible. Join your community, take your families, and enjoy the activities. Your attendance at local community events will be greatly appreciated by those who worked so hard to provide them.
Local fire officials urge residents to attend fireworks displays put on by trained professionals. Statistics from a report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that fireworks (objects designed to burn and explode) annually cause tens of millions of dollars in property damage and thousands of injuries, as well as some deaths. Injuries from the intense heat of fireworks, typically harming the eyes, head, hands, arms, or legs, can cause blindness, lacerations, amputations, and burns. Some burns leave lifetime, disfiguring scars.
Children are at greatest risk from fireworks, whether as spectators or active participants. "As parents and adults, we have a responsibility to protect our children. While most parents work year round to keep their children safe, if they shoot fireworks off in their backyards once a year, they are placing their children at substantial risk," says Bothell Fire Chief Marcus Kragness. "Even sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees F., pose a serious danger in a child's hand, or anyone's, for that matter."
With the Fourth of July less than a week away, fire safety officials and emergency rooms must prepare for the injuries that typically accompany fireworks celebrations. The safest way to spend the fourth of July is to attend a public fireworks show. However, those planning on buying fireworks and discharging them at home should follow these tips offered by the local Fire Departments to ensure a safer show:
- Read and follow the directions printed on the fireworks.
- Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities, and do not give fireworks to young children. The average age of people injured by fireworks is 13 years old.
- Light one firework at a time.
- Keep water or a fire extinguisher handy, and soak used fireworks in water before discarding them.
- Do not re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
- Keep pets indoors. Each year, animals frightened by fireworks are reported to run away, become hyperactive, or have heart attacks.
Fourth of July Traffic
Local residents need to remember that there will be road closures due to the public display of fireworks. In Woodinville, cars will be towed from the shoulders within a wide radius of the display. Use the free Metro shuttle provided from the Woodinville Park & Ride and NE 175th bus stops. Traffic volume over the Fourth of July weekend, combined with road construction projects, tends to make this holiday period one of the most dangerous of the year for the driving public.