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Posted on: July 3, 2018

Make your 4th of July a Safe and happy one!

If you can’t discharge fireworks legally where you live or you don’t want to spend the money, consider going to see one of the many, free fireworks displays being offered throughout the Puget Sound region. Please keep in mind that if you call 911 to report the discharging of fireworks, there may be a delay for non-life or property threatening incidents, especially on July 4th due to high emergency call volumes.

There is much that can be done to protect children and the public from fireworks injuries and it begins by talking to your kids about fireworks and safety.  Educate every member of your family about the following three B’s:  “Be Prepared!”  “Be Safe!”  “Be Responsible!” 

What does this mean? 

Be Prepared before lighting any firework: 

  • Know the fireworks law in your area; is there a fireworks ban or restriction when fireworks can be discharged? 
  • Purchase only legal fireworks, available at licensed stands.   
  • Ensure the safety of pets; the loud sounds make them nervous. More pets become lost on this day than any other when panicked—going through open windows, breaking tethers, and leaping fences.     
  • Have a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.   
  • Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.   
  • Clear a level area away from things that can burn.   
  • Know the emergency number to call for your area, your address/location, and basic first aid.   
  • Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire. 

Be Safe when fireworks are being lit: 

  • Use only outdoors on a level, flat, hard surface. 
  • Only adults should light fireworks.   
  • Use eye protection; wear safety goggles.   
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.  
  • Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them.  
  • Do not relight fireworks.  
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance (recommend 20 feet from fireworks).
  • Keep away from anything that can burn.    
  • Follow the directions on the label carefully.  
  • Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
  • Obey the time restrictions for discharge.

Be Responsible after the fireworks are done: 

  • Clean up all debris when finished.   
  • Duds can be dangerous; if a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least fifteen minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.   
  • Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children. 
  • Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won’t catch anything on fire.

Eastside Fire & Rescue wishes everyone a happy and Safe 4th of July!

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