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By Jennye Cooper
Lake Stevens Fire 

Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

 

With Independence Day right around the corner, Lake Stevens Fire reminds the community to be safe when celebrating the holiday with their family and friends. Be aware of the dangers of fireworks. All 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, hot enough to cause third degree burns.

In 2013, according to the Washington State Fire Marshal's Office, fireworks caused an estimated $2,002,650 in property loss. Additionally, in Snohomish County there were 13 fireworks-related fires and 40 fireworks-related injuries.

Lake Stevens Fire recommends these precautions for adults choosing to use 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.

•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 4th from 9am to 11:59pm only. Make note that most fireworks bought on the reservation are considered illegal and purchasing fireworks through the internet is illegal.

To dispose of any illegal fireworks, please deliver them to a firefighter at Fire Station 81 (12409 – 21st Street NE, LS) or Fire Station 82 (9811 Chapel Hill Road, LS) where they can be properly stored for collection and disposal.

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. Be safe and enjoy your Fourth of July!

 

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