State Fire Marshal Urges Residents to Ring in 2020 Safely

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Many Washington residents may choose to ring in the new year with fireworks, but the state Fire Marshal’s Office is advising caution when using the potentially dangerous devices. 

According to the office, in 2018, fireworks in Washington caused 209 injuries and 92 fires, most of which occurred around July 4. However, five fireworks-related injuries were reported between Dec. 27 and 31, 2018. 

The Fire Marshal’s Office is advising residents to check with local authorities on fireworks regulations, purchase legal fireworks, have water available, keep all pets indoors and read all firework safety labels and follow their instructions. 

Adults should light all fireworks and matches should be kept away from children. The Fire Marshal’s Office is also advising residents to only light one firework at a time, never pick up or throw fireworks, carry them in your pocket, or try to reignite a firework that fails to explode. 

Fireworks should not be used 

For more information on holiday fire safety and prevention, go to www.wsp.wa.gov/prevention-data-collection/ or follow the Fire Marshal’s Office on Twitter @wafiremarshal.