Tips to help celebrate Fourth of July safe and legally

Published on Thu, Jun 24, 2010
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Local law and fire officials are advising consumers to exercise caution when using fireworks this Fourth of July.
The following is a list of tips to help celebrate the holiday safe and legally.

• Fireworks are prohibited in the city of Blaine except on the Fourth of July.
• Use legal fireworks, available at licensed outlets. 
• Store fireworks out of children’s reach. 
• Keep pets safe indoors.
• Fireworks are prohibited in any forest, brush, range, or grain areas as well as in all city, county, and state parks.
• Use only fireworks sold at state licensed fireworks stands.   Illegal fireworks are subject to immediate confiscation.
• Always keep water handy.
• Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand.
• Protect your eyes. 
• Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
• Never relight a “dud.”
• Soak used fireworks in water.
• Be considerate – clean up.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Fireworks are allowed
on the following dates:
• June 28 between noon and 11 p.m.
• June 29 through July 3 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
• July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight
• July 5 from 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

For more information, contact Warner Webb, Whatcom County Fire Marshal at 360/676-6907.