For the Public

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is dedicated to the protection of life, property and the environment from the devastation of fire.  The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office is organized as a Bureau within the Washington State Patrol.  Our focus and efforts foster a fire safe environment through engineering, education, and enforcement.

Fire Prevention
& Awareness

In Washington State, 4 out of 5 fire deaths occur in residential dwellings. Through public education and increased fire safety awareness, residents can help prevent fire-related injuries and deaths.

  • Fire Safety Tips

    Learn how to protect your home and loved ones with a few fire safety preparations and prevention tips that are easy to learn and practice in your home.

    Be Prepared – When fire strikes, deadly smoke can fill your home within minutes. Have a fire safety plan in place—every second counts!
    • Create a fire escape plan and practice it often.
    • Know at least two exits out of every room in your home.
    • Make sure all exits are kept clear of furniture and other items.
    • Close bedroom doors while sleeping—this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
    • In the event of a fire, get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning home.

    Electrical Fire Safety – Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of fire deaths in Washington State. When it comes to electrical fire safety, make sure you know the facts.
    • Electrical work in your home should be performed by a qualified electrician.
    • Check your electrical cords. If they are cracked or damaged, replace them—don’t attempt to repair them.
    • Don’t cover electrical cords with rugs, carpets, or furniture. Don’t run them under doors.
    • Make sure electrical wiring and outlets are not overloaded.
    • Never use extension cords with appliances. Plug them directly into wall outlets.

    Home Heating – Use caution when trying to stay warm. More home fires occur during the cold winter months than any other time of year.
    • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from home heating sources.
    • Unplug space heaters, stoves, irons, and other heat producing appliances before going to sleep, or when they are not in use.
    • Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for installation, venting, fueling, maintenance and repair of all home heating equipment.
    • Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.

    Kitchen Caution – Many people consider their kitchen to be a place for relaxing and socializing with friends and family, however, the kitchen is a leading area in the home where fires can occur.
    • Never leave the stove unattended.
    • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves and an apron while cooking.
    • Use potholders, not towels, when handling hot pans and dishes.
    • Avoid cooking if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
    • Clean stove and toaster regularly.

    Smoke Alarms – Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives! For smoke alarms to be effective, occupants must react quickly and escape immediately when the alarm warns of a fire.
    • Alarms should be installed inside and outside all sleeping areas, and on every level of your home.
    • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to ensure proper installation and maintenance.
    • Test your smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are working.
    • Replace any alarms that fail testing, and replace all smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.
    • In the event of a fire, get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning home.

    Smoking Safety – Smoking is a leading cause of fire deaths in Washington State. Most fatal fires caused by smoking occur in living rooms, family rooms, dens, or in bedrooms. If you smoke, follow these precautions:
    • If you smoke, only use fire-safe cigarettes.
    • If you smoke, go outside. Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation, potted plants, or things that can ignite easily.
    • Use heavy, deep ashtrays while smoking—placed away from anything that can burn.
    • Make sure butts and ashes are fully extinguished before returning indoors—dousing them in water or sand.
    • Only smoke when you are alert.
    • Never smoke while on medications or where medical oxygen is used.
    • Do not smoke while under the influence of mind-altering drugs and/or alcohol.
    • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.

  • Home Safety Checklist

  • Fireworks Safety

    The State Fire Marshal’s Office is committed to promoting injury prevention and fire safety during the celebrations of Independence Day and New Year’s when fireworks are often used. Our mission is to implement a comprehensive and effective educational and enforcement program for fireworks injury prevention and fire safety.

    Safety & Education – There is much that can be done to protect children and the public from fireworks injuries and it begins by talking about fireworks and safety. Educate every member of your family about the following three B’s:

    How to Be Prepared, Be Safe, Be Responsible

    Be Prepared! – Before lighting any fireworks:
    • Know the fireworks law in your area; is there a fireworks ban or restriction when fireworks can be discharged?
    • Purchase only legal fireworks, available at licensed stands.
    • Ensure the safety of pets; the loud sounds make them nervous. More pets become lost on this day than any other when panicked—going through open windows, breaking tethers, and leaping fences.
    • Have a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
    • Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
    • Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
    • Know the emergency number to call for your area, your address/location, and basic first aid.
    • Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire.

    Be Safe!– When fireworks are being lit:
    • Only use outdoors on a level, flat, hard surface.
    • Only adults should light fireworks.
    • Use eye protection; wear safety goggles.
    • Light one fireworks at a time and move away quickly.
    • Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them.
    • Do not relight fireworks.
    • Keep spectators at a safe distance (recommend 20 feet from fireworks).
    • Keep away from anything that can burn.
    • Follow the directions on the label carefully.
    • Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
    • Obey the time restrictions for discharge.

    Be Responsible! – After fireworks are done:
    • Clean up all debris when finished.
    • Duds can be dangerous; if a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least 15 minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
    • Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
    • Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won’t catch anything on fire.

  • Fireworks Regulations

    The enforcement and administration of State Fireworks Law is carried out by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, under:
    • State Fireworks Law – Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.77
    • State Fireworks Rules – Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 212-12

    Fireworks Bans and Restrictions
    Cities and counties in the state will follow the State Fireworks Law on dates and times consumer fireworks may be sold and discharged, or may adopt an ordinance to:
    • Ban the sale and/or discharge of fireworks
    • Restrict: Dates/times fireworks can be sold ; Dates/times fireworks can be discharged; Types of fireworks allowed to be discharged

    Fireworks Sales and Discharge
    State Fireworks Law allows for the following sales and discharge periods:

    State Fireworks Law RCW 70.77.395
    Date Sales Period Discharge Period
    June 28 12 p.m. noon to 11 p.m. 12 p.m. noon to 11 p.m.
    June 29 to July 3 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    July 4 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. midnight
    July 5 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    December 27 to 30 12 p.m. noon to 11 p.m. No Discharge
    December 31 12 p.m. noon to 11 p.m. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. midnight
    January 1 No Sales 12 a.m. midnight to 1 a.m.

    What is Legal, What is Not

    Consumer fireworks that are legal to possess and discharge both on and off Tribal Lands: All federally legal consumer fireworks, but are legal to possess and discharge ONLY while on Tribal Lands. Possession and/or use off tribal lands is illegal. Explosive devices that are illegal to possess and discharge anywhere:
    Varieties include:
    · Novelty and smoke items
    · Sparklers and spinners
    · Multi aerials
    · Helicopters
    · Cones and fountains
    · Wheels
    · Roman candles
    · Reloadable mortars (1 ¾ or smaller)
    Legal ONLY on Tribal Lands:
    · Firecrackers and chasers
    · Bottle rockets
    · Missiles and rockets
    Illegal devices:
    · M-80’s or larger
    · Cherry bombs
    · Tennis ball bombs
    · Altered fireworks
    · Improvised explosive devices

Laws & Rules

Contact Us 

State Fire Marshal’s Office

Telephone: (360) 596-3900
Fax: (360) 596-3934

Mailing Address:
PO Box 4262
Olympia, WA 98504-2642

Street Address:
General Administration Building
210 11th Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98504

Program Contacts

Telephone: (360) 596-3947

Telephone: (360) 596-3946

Plan Review
Telephone: (360) 596-3948

Professional Development & Response
Telephone: (360) 596-3945

Washington State Fire Training Academy

Telephone: (425) 453-3000
Fax: (425) 888-3060

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1273
North Bend, WA 98405

Street Address:
50810 SE Grouse Ridge Road
North Bend, WA 98405

Public Information Officer

Telephone: (360) 596-3929
Cell: (360) 890-1622