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Prevent fires this July 4

 


Olympia – Summer weather conditions can make vegetation extremely dry and susceptible to fire. In 2017, 63 wildland and vegetation fires accounted for 76 percent of all fireworks-related fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office; resulting in over $8,600 of loss and damages.

A small fire can easily get out of control when grass and other vegetation are present. When firework comes into contact with a vegetated area, use a hose or a bucket of water to heavily soak the area, ensuring there are no hot spots that could rekindle later.

Anyone found responsible for starting a wildland fire may be required to pay restitution for the fire suppression costs and damage caused by the fire, which could be in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

When lighting fireworks, always remember to use the three Bs 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

For more information about fireworks safety or the fireworks laws for your area, visit the State Fire Marshal’s fireworks webpage at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fireworks/.

 

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