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Celebrate safely this Fourth of July

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Published on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 by JOURNAL STAFF

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It’s almost the Fourth of July, a time to celebrate and enjoy the holiday with friends and family. 

Lake Stevens Fire reminds residents that fireworks, including those purchased at legal stands can be destructive or deadly if handled irresponsibly. Even the smallest of fireworks, such as sparklers, can reach 1200-1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to Washington State Patrol statistics, fireworks caused just over $3.9 million dollars in residential structure damage in Snohomish County last year and over 1,200 fireworks-related injuries reported statewide.
Lake Stevens Fire recommends these precautions for adults using fireworks:

•Do not allow children to light or handle fireworks.
•Light fireworks only on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from spectators, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
•Do not try to relight fireworks that malfunction.
•Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or hold them close to your face.
•Visit to make sure the pyrotechnic devices you are using are not subject to any safety recalls.
•Do not modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks.
•Keep a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher on hand in case a firework malfunctions or needs to be cooled before disposal.
•Make sure pets are in a safe place; animals can become innocent victims of stray fireworks and may experience anxiety from the noise.
•Be a good neighbor and be respectful of your neighbors’ property, family and pets.

The use of fireworks in Lake Stevens and unincorporated Snohomish County is permitted on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight only. Make note that most fireworks bought on the reservation are illegal. Persons caught with illegal fireworks will be cited.

Lake Stevens Fire does not endorse the use of consumer fireworks and instead encourages the public to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. 

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