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Fireworks safety tips from the Valley Regional Fire Authority
As Independence Day celebrations near, the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) encourages everyone to adopt safe fireworks practices to help prevent fires and injuries.
Attending a public fireworks display is a great alternative to using fireworks to celebrate. Go to www.wsp.wa.gov for a statewide list of fireworks displays and celebrations.
If you decide to use fireworks, the following tips will help prevent injuries and fires:
• Know and follow the fireworks laws in the area you will be discharging them. Go to www.vrfa.org for Algona, Auburn and Pacific fireworks regulations.
• Read and follow all fireworks manufacturer instructions and safety recommendations. • Choose a safe area to discharge them.
• Only adults should discharge fireworks. Keep children and other observers well back from the discharge area. Consider that Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 1,200 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
• Trim any tall grass close to buildings or fences, clean all gutters and the roof. • Move all burnable items away from homes. One stray firework can easily ignite shrubbery or other combustibles.
• Keep garden hoses ready to wet down the discharge area and extinguish small fires. • Have a bucket of water to place discharged fireworks in before disposal.
• Light one item at a time and move away quickly. Maintain a safe distance from fireworks display area.
• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
• Do not approach or try to re-light "duds." Wait several minutes before disposing in a bucket of water.
Please direct any questions to the VRFA Public Education Division at 253-288-5800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.