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Celebrate safely this Fourth of July

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The City of Bothell Fire and E.M.S. is encouraging citizens to celebrate safely this Fourth of July by attending one of the many public fireworks displays in the area.  To learn about community fireworks near you, please visit http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.
 

Don’t wait, talk to your kids about fireworks and safety.  Educate every member of your family about the following 3 B’s:
‘BE PREPARED!’ –BEFORE LIGHTING FIREWORKS
 

Purchase only legal fireworks, available at licensed stands. Purchase only the quantity that you will use. Ensure the safety of pets.  Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks. Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks. Clear a level area from things that can burn. Know the emergency number to call from 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 LIGHTING FIREWORKS
 

Only adults should light fireworks. Use eye protection and wear safety goggles.  Light one at a time and move away quickly. Keep spectators at a safe distance.  Use only outdoors, away from anything that can burn.  To prevent injuries, follow the directions on the label carefully. Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets and your environment.
 

‘BE RESPONSIBLE!’ –WHEN FINISHED
 

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.
 

FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
 

The City of Bothell Fire and E.M.S. Pancake Breakfast is also a great way to celebrate.  This year, the breakfast will be 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the downtown firehouse (10726 Beardslee Blvd).
 

The event offers fire apparatus tours, kids craft activities, free blood pressure checks and bike helmets and fitting for $10 each. Following the pancake breakfast will be the children’s parade at 11:15 pm and the grand parade at noon.
 

Fireworks safety information is also available at www.ci.bothell.wa.us.

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