Wildland and Vegetation Fires Caused by Fireworks in 201
July 1, 2012 · 7:23 PM
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced today that in 2011 there were 264 fires caused by fireworks. Wildland and vegetation fires accounted for 199, or 75% of all fireworks caused fires, resulting in $118,350 in loss.
Summer weather conditions make grasses and other vegetation dry and susceptible to fire. Using fireworks when it is hot and windy outside, a small fire can grow rapidly if the fuels (grass and other vegetation) are present. If a firework comes into contact with a vegetated area, use a hose or a bucket of water and soak the area, making sure that there isn’t a hot spot that could rekindle later.
To learn more about fireworks ordinances in cities and counties and other information regarding fireworks, check the web site at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm. Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms.
Personal fireworks require personal responsibility. Remember the three B’s of fireworks safety:
- Be Prepared - Have water nearby and put pets indoors,
- Be Safe - Only adults should light fireworks, and
- Be Responsible - Clean up fireworks debris.