Northwest NEWS

June 26, 2000

Home & Garden

Have a safe Fourth of July

   To ensure Fourth of July safety, the State Fire Marshal calls for care when using fireworks.

   Puchase only legal fireworks, available at approved stands. Place pets indoors, as they may become frightened. Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks. Have a water hose, sand bucket, or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.

   Clear a level area away from things that can burn. Know the emergency number to call for your area, your address/location, and basic first aid. Teach your children to "stop, drop, and roll" in case their clothes catch fire.

   Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Use eye protection. Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep a safe distance until the display is finished. Use fireworks only outdoors, away from anything that can burn. To prevent injuries, never throw fireworks and never hold fireworks in your hand.

   After you finish, clean up all debris. Duds can be dangerous; if a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.

   In 1999, 207 fireworks injuries were reported to the State Fire Marshal. There was no adult supervision in 20% of these injuries.