Important Message from the Colfax Fire Department
NEWS FLASH - Fireworks are a big cause for concern right now considering the hot, dry conditions. The following message has been disseminated from the Pullman Fire Marshal and bears repeating for all local residents in Whitman County and Colfax as well. I use it here with permission from the Fire Marshal
Fire Danger is too High and Conditions are too Hazardous!
A strong message to our community from the City of Colfax Fire Department.
The dangerous dry conditions are raising the level of concern about the use of fireworks on the upcoming July 4th holiday. If you plan to purchase and discharge legal fireworks on the Fourth of July, please use caution when storing, handling, and using fireworks.
It is absolutely critical that residents understand the extreme risk of fire when the weather is hot and vegetation is susceptible; one spark can have disastrous consequences, igniting your home, neighborhood, or wildfire.
Fireworks are not the only concern. As the drought continues and high temperatures persist, homeowners are also urged to limit the use of heavy equipment and machinery; lawnmowers, weed whackers, and chainsaws.
We ask everyone to join together to eliminate all human-caused fire risks.
Colfax Fire Department
Two of the most popular illegal fireworks are firecrackers and bottle rockets. Possession of illegal fireworks is a criminal misdemeanor. Also, the purchase of fireworks over the Internet is illegal. In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand, during the legal sales period.
Sparklers are handheld fireworks that burn over 1,000 °F and account for about 30% of all firework injuries nationwide. Supervision of children 14-years old and younger is critical in reducing emergency responses to fireworks incidents. Talk to your kids about fireworks and safety. Set family boundaries and remember that only adults should light fireworks. Fireworks should be stored in a secure location out of the reach and sight of curious children. Personal fireworks require personal responsibility.
It is best to place spent fireworks into a bucket of water overnight, and not into trash cans with other combustibles. Always remember the three B’s of fireworks safety:
- Be Prepared – Have water nearby and put pets indoors
- Be Safe – Only adults should light fireworks
- Be Responsible – Clean up fireworks debris