Letters to the Editor

Fireworks: be safe, responsible

On behalf of Kiwanis of Mercer Island, VFW Post #5760, and the Mercer Island Masonic Lodge, we would like to thank the City Council for their approval of our permit to sell safe and sane fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July this year. Kiwanis has operated this sale for over 40 years and this year marks the second time that our three community organizations will collaborate on this fundraiser. All profits from the sale support Mercer Island programs and charities.

The fireworks sale starts on Saturday, June 28, and runs through Friday, July 4, and will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day. We’ll be located in the Rite Aid shopping center parking lot on 78th Avenue S.E., right across from the post office.

Many families enjoy the traditions that celebrate the birth of our nation, and we’re pleased to provide products that are manufactured according to rigorous safety standards. Our fireworks produce beautiful and exciting displays with minimal charges and dispersion, and are the only fireworks that can be legally discharged on Mercer Island. However, it’s important to remember that all fireworks, including ours, should be handled and discharged with appropriate care.

With a little planning and care, everyone can enjoy a safe and exciting Fourth of July. Before lighting, be prepared. Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks. Know the emergency number to call for your area, your address location and basic first aid. Store fireworks in a secure location to prohibit access by children.

When lighting fireworks, be safe. Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Use eye protection; wear safety goggles. Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished.

After you finish, be responsible. Clean up all debris when finished. Duds can be dangerous. If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least 15 minutes and approach it carefully. Place it in a bucket of water to soak.

We thank all Islanders for your patronage and hope you enjoy celebrating this wonderful holiday in honor of our country.

Frank Sorba, Jim Baker, John Gebhart

VFW, Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge


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