Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely
We've got a big celebration coming up! America's birthday is just around the corner, and that means sunshine, barbeques, time by the pool or lake, and fireworks. Well, maybe we should talk more about the fireworks part.
We know fireworks are a big part of celebrating the Fourth of July, but it's important to keep in mind the laws in place to keep ourselves and others safe. Please remember this weekend that consumer fireworks (including sparklers) are illegal in the City of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood, Cheney, and unincorporated areas of Spokane County.
This year marks 30 years since the consumer fireworks law was enacted. We want everyone in our community to stay safe and this law has been proven to lower injuries and prevent unintended fires.
Preventing fires is important for keeping our community's air quality healthy and preventing damage to people's homes and property. Before the fireworks ordinance went into effect in 1993, the Spokane Fire Department (SPD) reported an annual average of 104 fireworks-caused fires between June 28 and July 6.
Since the fireworks ordinance, SPD has reported fewer than five fireworks-caused fires in the same time frame. Fewer accidents have also taken place, including burns and bodily injuries. Because of this, it’s in our community’s best interest that the fireworks ordinance continue to be upheld.
Don't worry, though! There are still ways you can get your fireworks fill this weekend. Riverfront Park will be hosting its annual Fourth of July festivities with vendors, music from the Spokane Symphony, and fireworks after dark. The Spokane Indians will also be hosting a firework show after taking on the Tri-City Dust Devils. You could also attend the Liberty Lake Summer Festival’s parade at Alpine Shores starting at 11 a.m., and live concert followed by the 4th of July Fireworks at Pavilion Park.
If you plan to be at a large outdoor gathering this weekend, consider wearing a mask as an additional way to keep yourself safe. You don't have to wear it the whole time, but it's a good idea to wear one when social distancing is not possible. This could be when you’re waiting in line for food, grabbing tickets, or checking out some of the more crowded vendor spots. We are still seeing cases of COVID-19 in our community, so wearing a mask is one of the best ways to prevent the spread and keep ourselves and others safe.
Plus, don't forget to wear sunscreen if you plan to be outside and bring a reusable or plastic water bottle to stay hydrated and prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke—it's going to be hot! To learn more about the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses, visit: Extreme Heat | SRHD
We hope everyone has a great Fourth of July Weekend!