By Lysandra Davis, Deputy Washington State Fire Marshal.
Schools have open play areas and sports fields that attract the attention of people looking for a place to light fireworks. If you see someone discharging fireworks on a school property, report it immediately to the local authority.
Preventing fires is everyone’s responsibility. Check the rules where you will be discharging your fireworks. To prevent fires on school properties School Districts should:
- Maintain the property by removing dry vegetation and refuse that can catch on fire.
- Establish and post rules regarding the use of consumer fireworks on school properties on and around the Fourth of July. Ensure the neighborhood and surrounding community are aware of these rules.
School buildings are a valuable community resource. During the summer months, vegetation on school properties can dry out and catch fire easily.
Remember, personal fireworks require personal responsibility. For more information about fireworks safety, public fireworks displays, and the fireworks laws for your area, check the Celebrate Safely website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State’s firefighters, and collecting emergency response.