In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injuredbadly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.
Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires.
If You Choose to Use Legal Fireworks
If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:
Sparklers Are Dangerous
Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think.
Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries. Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
The Board of Commissioners of Whatcom County Fire Protection District # 11 meet on the second Tuesday of each month.
Topic: Commissioners Special Meeting
Time: Jun 18, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Agenda: Commissioner Vacancy
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In an effort to continue to provide the highest level of safety and services to Lummi Island and to our Emergency Responders, Whatcom County Fire District 11-Lummi Island Fire Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.
It is ever so important that in these rapidly changing times, that you do not come to the Fire Station for guidance; but dial 911 if you are experiencing an emergency and the dispatchers will help guide you to appropriate action.
Non-emergent business should be handled via phone call to the Station @ 360-758-2411 and arrangements made for such business.
(Burning Permits for example).
We appreciate your cooperation and vigilance during this event.
As of May 4, 2020
Fire Danger Rating for
Lummi Island is:
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Watch as our new front-line Engine is constructed
Protecting Lummi Island presents interesting challenges. A wide variety of specialized firefighting and life safety apparatus are required.
Detailed address Locator for Lummi Island.
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View pdf of Chief McLane's power point presentation to LICA addressing the Department & it's needs.