General Safety Tips
Follow these general firework safety tips:
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Have an adult present.
- Buy from reliable sellers.
- Use outdoors only.
- Always have water handy; a garden hose and a bucket.
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time
- Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
What Parents Need to Know - from WSP Website
Don't wait until you get to the emergency room. Talk with your kids about safety and fireworks. In 2001, 669 fireworks-related incidents were reported to the State Fire Marshal. There was no adult supervision in 17 percent of these incidents. Supervision is paramount in keeping children safe. Ensure the close supervision of children whenever fireworks are present. Fireworks should not be available to tempt the curiosity of children. Be sure all unused fireworks, matches and lighters are out of reach and sight of children. Fireworks should be stored in a secured location to prohibit access by children. Don't overestimate your child's ability and judgment in handling fireworks. Set family boundaries, only adults should light fireworks. Talk to family members and guests about the fireworks laws for your area.
For additional information, please contact City of Bothell Fire and E.M.S. at 425-806-6250.