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Improper use of fireworks can cause a fire

State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy announced today that there were 102 suspected fireworks-related fires in 2013. These fires accounted for an estimated loss of over 2 million dollars. When using fireworks always remember to use the three B’s of fireworks safety, these tips can help prevent fires:

  • Be Prepared—Have water nearby and put pets indoors
  • Be Safe—Only adults should light fireworks
  • Be Responsible—Clean up fireworks debris

Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Never use fireworks inside your home. Always set them off outdoors on a driveway or sidewalk.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Always have water nearby. (A hose or bucket).
  • Be aware of other people around you and make sure they are out of range of the firework you are using.
  • Never point or shoot fireworks at another person.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Do not try to re-ignite a “dud” as it could explode near your hands or face.
  • Only light one at a time.
  • Do not try to make your own fireworks.
  • NEVER drink alcohol and use fireworks at the same time!
  • Completely soak used fireworks overnight. Place soaked fireworks in a trash bag and place in an outdoor trash can or take them to your local waste facility.

Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area. To learn more about fireworks ordinances in cities and counties and other information regarding fireworks, check the fireworks safety web site at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm. Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms. Celebrate it safely and legally.

 

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