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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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With consumer fireworks being prohibited this summer, here are some safe alternatives.
Fireworks have been traditionally used to celebrate special events and holidays, but there is a burn ban and firework ban in Kittitas County that will be in effect over the Fourth of July holiday. Here are several alternatives to fireworks:
1. Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to sparklers, which burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Outdoor movie night. You can setup a projector and screen outdoors.
3. Use silly sting - you can find red, white, and blue colors.
4. Create a patriotic craft with the family to work on during the day.
5. Have a birthday party for the USA, complete with a cake!
The safest way to view fireworks is by attending a professional show.
Here are some facts about fireworks:
More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks each year.
Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms in the month of July.
Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency departments are to hands, fingers, or legs. One-third were eye or head injuries.
Children ages 10-14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury.
Sparklers account for approximately one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Pat Nicholson, Fire Marshal 509-962-7000
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.