Office of the State Fire Marshal

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy

Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: June 30, 2016
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis
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. 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:

  1. Neighborhoods should:
    • Establish a neighborhood watch program, and report suspicious activities.
  2. 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

    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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