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How to safely enjoy fireworks at home and then clean up afterward

Advice on how to clean up after lighting fireworks. Also how to dispose of unused fireworks.

From a Washington State Fire Marshall’s Office news release.

By now most of us have made our decision whether or not to celebrate the 4th of July at one of the many public fireworks displays and/or to celebrate at home with consumer fireworks.

Click on the following link to see when and where it is legal to set off fireworks at your home in 2017: Ready or not, 4th of July fireworks went on sale June 28th.

If you are letting off fireworks at home Chuck Duffy, former Washington State Fire Marshall, has some advice, “Personal fireworks require personal responsibility. Always remember to use the three B’s 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.”

“Used fireworks can leave behind a great deal of debris. Proper cleanup of firework debris can help reduce the risk of an injury or fire from happening. If you have unused consumer fireworks, it is best to discharge the remaining fireworks during the legal discharge dates for your community.”

“The following are suggested tips for proper disposal:”

Used Fireworks:

  • “Clean up all fireworks debris.”
  • “Soak the used fireworks in a bucket of water for fifteen minutes to ensure they are cooled down and there are no smoldering embers that can start a fire.”
  • “Place the soaked fireworks in a metal trash can.”
  • “Do not put used fireworks that have not been soaked into a paper or plastic bag, as this could lead to a fire starting within the bag.”
  • “Return to your fireworks discharge area the next morning to clean up any remaining firework debris—things can be easily overlooked in the dark.”

Unused Fireworks:

  • “Outside of the legal discharge dates, contact your local law enforcement agency on a non-emergency number to see if they collect unused fireworks for disposal.”
  • “Check with a Public Display Company to see if they can use the fireworks in a display show.”
  • “If you find a homemade device or illegal explosive device, call 911 for instructions. Do not handle or move the device.”

Be safe and have a great 4th of July!

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