The Fourth of July is right around the corner! That means it’s time to finally put those rain boots away and bring out the BBQ. Whatever you have planned, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Fire Marshal wants you to enjoy your holiday safely!

As part of the “Celebrate Safely Fireworks Campaign” the Washington State Fire Marshal hosted a demonstration on the devastating – and sometimes fatal effects – illegal and misused fireworks can have. In 2015, there were 481 fireworks-related injures…that’s 481 too many. Please follow these simple tips this fourth of July!

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Never use fireworks inside your home. Always set them off outdoors on a driveway or sidewalk.
  • Never consume alcohol or drugs and use fireworks at the same time!
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, don’t use them.
  • Always have water nearby. (A hose or bucket).
  • Be aware of other people around you and make sure they are out of range of the firework you are using.
  • Never point or shoot fireworks at another person.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Do not try to re-ignite a “dud” as it could explode near your hands or face.
  • Only light one at a time.
  • Do not try to make your own fireworks.
  • Completely soak used fireworks overnight. Place soaked fireworks in a trash bag and place in an outdoor trash can or take them to your local waste facility.

And always remember to follow the three B’s of fireworks safety:

  • Be prepared – Have water nearby and put pets indoors.
  • Be safe – Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Be responsible – Clean up fireworks debris.

To learn more about fireworks ordinances in cities and counties as well as other information regarding fireworks, please visit: http://wsp/wa/gov/fire/fireworks.htm.