Every year around the Fourth of July, 911 operators are inundated with calls regarding fireworks. The majority of these calls are non-emergency related, but tie up the 911 system, potentially delaying an emergency call from getting through.
The chart below has been produced with input from a number of Emergency Dispatch Centers and should be used as a guide when determining to call 911 regarding fireworks.
Who do you call to report illegal fireworks or suspicious activities involving fireworks?
|Incident or Question?||Call 9-1-1?||If not a call to 9-1-1 who should I call?|
|Are fireworks legal within the city or county I live in?||No||Fireworks inquiries can be answered by searching the internet for local restrictions or calling the local police or fire department’s non-emergency phone number.|
|I want to report fireworks violations:
· Being used in a fireworks ban area
· Time of use (after 11:00 p.m. and before 9:00 a.m.)
|No||Fireworks violations may be reported by calling the police department’s non-emergency phone number.|
|I have a firework related injury from using fireworks, example:
· Injury to eye
· Severed body parts
|A fire has started from the use of fireworks.||Yes
|The neighbor is using illegal fireworks (M-80’s).||Yes
|Or the local police department’s non-emergency phone number.|
|Where do I get a Fireworks Stand License from?||No||Call the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (360) 596-3913 or check the internet.|
|I have old consumer fireworks I want to get rid of.||No||Call the local police or fire department’s non-emergency phone number.|
|I have found a short piece of pipe with a fuse coming out of it.||Yes
|Leave the device where it is and do not pick it up.|
|There is a storage container at the neighbor’s house loaded with fireworks.||No||Call the local police or fire department’s non-emergency phone number.|
|My next door neighbor is making fireworks in his garage.||Yes
Reporting illegal activities or use of fireworks to 9-1-1 should be limited to those instances when the activity is in progress and poses a threat or danger to others or yourself.
The non-emergency number for MACECOM (Mason County’s Emergency Dispatch Center) is 360-426-4441 .
Remember the 3 B’s of Fireworks
- Be Prepared—Have water nearby and put pets indoors
- Be Safe—Only adults should light fireworks
- Be Responsible—Clean up fireworks debris