Fireworks Safety and Legality in Fife
Everyone deserves to have a safe and happy Fourth of July. In order to make this happen, the Fife Police Department and Puyallup Tribe of Indians are working together to create safe locations and events for everyone to enjoy the festivities. Remember that selling, possessing, and/or using illegal fireworks is an arrestable offense with up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
Hours Fireworks are allowed at approved locations:
- June 28th: Noon to 11 p.m.
- June 29th-July 5th: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- July 4th Extended Hours: 9 a.m. to Midnight
Fireworks are NEVER ALLOWED at these locations:
- School Properties (Fife High School, Columbia Junior High, School Parks & Facilities)
- City Properties (Dacca Park, 5 Acre Park, Swim Center, and all other City Properties, Parks, & Buildings)
- Many apartment complexes and homeowner's associations have regulations that do not allow fireworks. Please check with yours before lighting.
Fireworks Safety Tips
National Council on Fireworks Safety says if not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home - period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.
Lighting fireworks at home isn't even legal in many areas, so if you still want to use them, be sure to check with your local police department first. If they're legal where you live, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.