How to make your July 4 a safe one

With the fourth of July only one day away, the Washington State Fire Marshall’s office is urging people to be safe with their fireworks. in 2003, there were 1,316 fireworks injuries or incidents, resulting in over $2 million in property loss.

Injuries have risen steadily since 1998, when there were only 194. In 2003, there was 244.

The safest way to prevent fireworks related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals. There are over 100 professional displays on July 4 in Washington State.

Bremerton Fire Prevention Officer Scott Rappleye recommends the following tips for a safe 4th.

l Only let adults handle fireworks

l Keep a distance from people who are lighting off fireworks

l If your clothing catches on fire, lie on the ground, cover your face with your hands and roll

l Store fireworks away from all sources of heat or flame

l Have a full bucket of water handy for any emergency

l Light only one firework at a time

l Do not reignite fireworks that did not light the first time

l Never give fireworks to children under 12

l Light fireworks away from the house, dry leaves or flammable materials

On Monday, July 5, all city, county, state and federal offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

That includes city hall.

Currently, there is a burn ban for all fires except for briquette or propane barbecues in Kitsap County. For information contact (360) 447-3555.

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