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The Fourth of July can be a fun time filled with great memories and family gatherings. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety and the risk of fire from fireworks due to the past few weeks of dry weather. To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, Eastside Fire & Rescue offers the following tips:
Before you light fireworks — be prepared:
When lighting fireworks — be safe:
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. Do not soak unused fireworks in water.
Even legal fireworks can be dangerous. Alarming statistics show children between the ages of 6 to 11 years old account for the highest percentage of injuries each year. Something as simple as a fireworks sparkler burns at a temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. All too often, “Safe and Legal” fireworks end up in the hands of young children who may be unsupervised.
As a reminder, only common fireworks are legal within the North Bend city limits and may only be discharged between 9 a.m. and midnight on July 4th.
Eastside Fire & Rescue and fire departments throughout the State encourage you to take a few precautions during this Fourth of July. The safest way to celebrate this year is to attend a professional fireworks display in your area.
Any incident that has resulted in a fire, or an injury requiring emergency response, should be reported by calling 911.