Fire marshal’s office releases safety tips for fireworks 

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The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office has issued safety tips for fireworks to help keep the holiday safe and enjoyable. 

Its list of recommendations include: 

  • Purchase Washington legal consumer fireworks from a licensed and locally permitted retail stand.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings on a flat, level, fireproof surface free from debris.
  • Read and follow all safety labels and instructions.
  • Have a water supply and water bucket available at all times.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework.
  • Never throw fireworks or light fireworks in your hands.
  • Never pick up or try to re-ignite a firework that fails to light.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets or shoot them from a container.
  • Always have adults light fireworks. Keep all fireworks, including matches and lighters, away from children.
  • Allow discharged fireworks to sit for at least 20 minutes before submerging them fully in water for at least 10 minutes. Dispose of drained products in a plastic bag.
  • Keep all pets indoors and protected from the sights and sounds of the holiday.

The office asks residents to know the fireworks laws in the area they intend to purchase and discharge in. People are encouraged to always contact local authorities to determine what is legal in the area. For more information about fireworks safety, go online to www.wsp.wa.gov/fireworks or call 360-596-3929.

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