Your Requisite 4th Of July Fireworks “Safe & Sane” Posting

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Even though we all are all most certainly chock-full of common sense, sometimes we all need gentle reminders of what stupid decisions can do to a human being, especially on a sunny summer day where there are fireworks, reckless youths and other celebratory elements around us.

Therefore, here is our requisite 4th of July “Safe and Sane” posting, courtesy the Seattle Red Cross, the King County Sheriff’s Department and our own experiences:

“While celebrating Independence Day, burns — superficial or first degree — can result from partaking in any of these celebratory activities; so the American Red Cross offers the following tips to keep this holiday safe and fun-filled:

  • Make sure that exposed skin is covered with an appropriate sun block before heading out to the parade, family picnic or other outdoor activity.
  • Keep small children a safe distance from hot barbecue grills, outdoor fireplaces, and of course, fireworks.
  • Plan to attend a professional fireworks display instead of creating your own. Remember that the setting off of fireworks is illegal in Burien.
  • Whether received from cooking at the grill or being careless with fireworks, burns should be treated immediately. We recommend buying an aloe vera plant and having it on hand, ‘cuz nothing’s better for a burn than fresh aloe.
  • Stop the burning. Put out the flames or remove the victim from the source of the burn. For example, you may have to put out flames that have caught on to clothing.
  • Cool the burn. Use large amounts of water to cool the burned area. DO NOT use ice or ice water other than on small superficial burns; ice causes loss of body heat. Use whatever resources are available — tub, shower or garden hose. You can apply soaked towels, sheets or other wet cloths to a burned face or other areas that cannot be immersed. Be sure to keep cloths cool by adding more water.
  • Cover the burn. Use dry, sterile dressings or a clean cloth to cover a burn. Loosely bandage them in place. Covering the burn helps keep air out and reduces pain. Covering the burn also prevents infection. If the burn covers a large area of the body, cover it with clean, dry sheets or other cloth, then get to the hospital.
  • For minor burns and burns with open blisters that do not require medical care, wash the areas with soap and water. Keep it clean. Put on an antibiotic ointment (available from any drug store). Watch for signals of infection.
  • Critical burns need immediate medical attention. Call 9-1-1 if a burn victim is having difficulty breathing; more than one part of the body is burned; burns are on the head, neck, hands, feet or genitals; a child or an elderly person has been burned; or chemicals, electricity or explosions have caused burns.

From the King County Sheriff’s Department:

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that water safety should be of paramount importance over the long, Independence Day weekend.

“The weather will be great, but the rivers of King County are still cold, fast-moving, and extremely dangerous”, said Sheriff Sue Rahr.  “The last thing we want to do this holiday is a rescue or recovery of someone who didn’t heed the warnings”.

Many of the rivers in King County are still clogged with debris and downed trees from last winter’s high water.  That makes those areas impassable to boaters, tubers and swimmers.

Also, fast-moving waters can pull unsuspecting river users under trees and logjams. They won’t come out the other side, and subsequently drown.

Many rivers have areas that are closed due to these hazards.  Recreationists must not disregard the posted closures.

Hypothermia can still be a problem, even in area lakes.  It affects everyone, no matter the age, size, or experience, and will quickly take away a person’s ability to swim or tread water.  Wear thermal protection!

Always swim in an area designated for swimming.  Learn to swim!

Always wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket while boating.  Remember children under 12 must wear a lifejacket all the time on boats less than 19 feet. All boats must have a life jacket for everyone on board.  “Lifejackets float, you don’t!”

Alcohol does not mix with boating, floating, or swimming.  Boating Under the Influence is a crime!

“We want King County residents to have a great time over the 4th”, said Sheriff Rahr.  “But use common sense and stay safe!”

Our Advice:

  • Whatever you do, do NOT look down into a pipe when you’re waiting for a bottle rocket to go off. Just forget it dude.
  • Stop pointing fireworks at your friends.
  • Stop throwing firecrackers at girls. They don’t dig it dude.
  • If you start a fire, put it out right away. Don’t run away laughing, ‘cuz karma will get you back.

The American Red Cross offers many training sessions in First Aid and CPR. For First Aid and CPR classes in King County, please call (206) 726-3534 or visit the web site at”

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One Response to “Your Requisite 4th Of July Fireworks “Safe & Sane” Posting”
  1. Bill says:

    Hey…….Wait……..I thought fireworks were illegal in Burien?!? HA!!!! I sure couldn’t tell last night!

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