Office of the State Fire Marshal

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy

Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: Month 00, 2013
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Trejo
Phone: (360) 596-3929
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

Keep Your School Safe from Fires on July 4th

Schools have open play areas and sports fields that attract the attention of people looking for a place to light fireworks.  During the summer months, vegetation on school properties can dry out and catch fire easily. State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced today that in 2012, during July 4th celebrations, there were 4 fireworks-related school fires.

Preventing fires is everyone’s responsibility. Check the rules where you will be discharging your fireworks. To prevent fires on school properties:

School buildings are a valuable community resource. If you see someone discharging fireworks on a school property, report it immediately to the local authority.

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

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 States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.


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