More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
“We’re braced for the emergency calls we receive on the Fourth of July,” said Fire Chief Paul Carlyle. “Our preference as emergency responders who see the injuries and fires caused is that people don’t let off fireworks. But if you choose to celebrate with them, please take some precautions to do so as safely as possible.”
The best option is to leave the fireworks up to professionals. This year, the River of Fire, will be hosted by the Gesa Carousel of Dreams and the City of Kennewick. The fireworks show will be free to all, and put on at 10:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July in Columbia Park in Kennewick (at Highway 240 and Columbia River).
For those that are lighting off consumer fireworks in areas where it is legal, please follow these tips to reduce fire risk and injury:
Additional safety tips can be found on Benton County Fire District 4’s website at www.bcfd4.org.
Benton County Fire District 4 does not make rules or regulations about fireworks, nor does it do any enforcement. County and City Councils are responsible for making and enforcing laws. The fire district is responsible for putting out fires and responding to calls for emergency medical service. Please call 9-1-1 to dispatch emergency responders if you see a fire or a person is injured.
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