Washington State Patrol reminds you of firework safety tips this holiday weekend

Washington State Patrol Reminds You Of Firework Safety Tips This Holiday Weekend

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — With the 4th of July holiday just a day away, Washington State Patrol wants to remind you to be safe when using fireworks.

Some people may even begin to use fireworks later on Sunday before Independence Day. WSP wants to remind you that you need to be careful when using fireworks, whether it’s avoiding injuries or avoiding fires that come from the use of fireworks.

According to WSP, 40 people had traumatic injuries and 97 fires were started by fireworks.

Here are some reminders of some firework safety tips from WSP ahead of the holiday weekend.

  • 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 three main things WSP wants you to remember is to be prepared, safe and responsible.

CLICK HERE to learn more from WSP.

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