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July 3, 2015

With very hot temperatures predicted through the 4th of July, the King County Fire Marshall is urging County residents to attend one of the many professional public fireworks displays . According to the Fire Marshall the prolonged dry weather and below average spring rainfall have dried grass and vegetation growth, creating high fire danger nearly six weeks earlier than normal.

There are a number of fireworks shows located in District 9. Please find a list of them below.

Please remember that in unincorporated King County fireworks may only be discharged on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Similar restrictions are in place for a number of cities in District 9 and some cities ban fireworks altogether. If you are not sure what the regulations in your city are, please follow this link: https://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/fireworks.aspx#cities.

If you do plan to use fireworks this year, please take the following precautions with all fireworks:

Use only approved, legal, and common fireworks from licensed retailers.
Always have a responsible adult light all fireworks.
Have a garden hose or a charged fire extinguisher handy.
Use fireworks under outdoor conditions only, away from buildings, houses with wood shingles, trees, and dry fields.
Avoid aerial type fireworks.
Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and keep a safe distance away.
Dispose of used fireworks by first soaking them in water.
Ensure the safety of pets.
Use eye protection.
Remember your neighbors and clean up all debris.
If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes before approaching the device.
Remember, if it has a stick or fins and it goes up or if it blows up, it is illegal in Washington State.

List of Firework Shows in District 9

Bellevue
www.bellevuedowntown.org/events
Event: Bellevue Family 4th
Place: Bellevue Downtown Park

Enumclaw
www.enumclawchamber.com/ OR www.cityofenumclaw.net
Event: Stars and Stripes 4th of July Celebration
Place: Southwood Elementary School Soccer Fields

Kent
http://kentwa.gov/calendar.aspx
Event: 4th of July Splash
Place: Lake Meridian Park

Maple Valley
www.ci.maple-valley.wa.us/what-s-happening/
Event: Independence Day Celebration
Place: Lake Wilderness Park

Newcastle
www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/calendar.htm
Event: Independence Day Celebration
Place: Lake Boren Park

Renton
http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=5920
Event: Fabulous 4th of July
Place: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Protect Our Pets this 4th of July Weekend

Regional Animal Services of King County is ready for a population boom brought on by Fourth of July fireworks. Each year around Independence Day, animal shelters around the nation fill up with strays that were spooked by the bangs, booms, and pops of the holiday.

To learn more about how you can help your pet cope with the noise from fireworks, and reduce the chance that it runs away follow this link.

I would also like to remind you with the hot weather that is expected in the coming days to make sure to bring your pets inside and out of the heat and be sure they have plenty of water available to them. We all love our pets and keeping them safe is an important responsibility.

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