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Wildland Fires Caused by Fireworks in 2011 6/27/2012

The Washington State Fire Marshals Office tells us that last year there were 264 fires caused by fireworks.  Wildland and vegetation fires accounted for 75% of all fireworks caused fires resulting in over $118,000 in loss.

 
Summer weather conditions make grasses and vegetation dry and susceptible to fire.  When it is hot and windy outside, a small fire can grow rapidly if firework comes into contact with a vegetated area. Please use a hose or a bucket of water and soak the area both before and after using fireworks, making sure that there isn’t a hot spot that could rekindle later.
 
To learn more about fireworks ordinances in cities and counties and other information regarding fireworks, check the web site at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire  
 
Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms….
however personal fireworks require personal responsibility. 
 
 Remember the three B’s of fireworks safety: 
·        Be Prepared - Have water nearby ,
·        Be Safe - Only adults should light fireworks
·        Be Responsible - Clean up fireworks debris.
 
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State’s firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.


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