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Fireworks safety tips from the Kent Fire Department

The Kent Fire Department cautions residents and visitors that while the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s independence, it is also a day of potential injuries and fires.

During the Fourth of July last year, firefighters fought a house fire in Covington caused by fireworks. The fire spread and damaged three other houses because of the dry conditions.

By following these safety tips, the fire department hopes to avoid fires caused by fireworks.

Safety first

• Go see one of the area’s many free firework displays, including the Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian. Go to www.ci.kent.wa.us/fireprevention and click “fireworks” for more information.

• Purchase and discharge only legal fireworks. Keep in mind many of the fireworks you buy on reservations are not legal in Kent, Covington and other cities.

• Always have a garden hose, bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby while discharging fireworks.

• Always discharge fireworks under adult supervision. Remember fireworks and alcohol consumption do not safely mix.

• When lighting fireworks, wear eye protection and only discharge one firework at a time. Place discharged fireworks in a bucket of water.

• Do not discharge fireworks where ground conditions are dry and the danger of fire is higher.

Also remember

• Fireworks go on sale June 28, but can only be discharged on July 4.

• The city of Covington and unincorporated King County allow fireworks to be discharged between 9 a.m. and midnight. The city of Kent allows fireworks to be discharged between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

• Safety emphasis patrols by the Kent police and fire departments will be out and illegal fireworks will be confiscated. Fines for illegal discharging/possession can exceed $1,000.

• Discharging fireworks on Kent and Covington city property, including parks, and on Kent School District properties is prohibited.

• If you see or hear illegal fireworks being discharged, call 911. High call volumes on the Fourth of July may delay nonlife and property safety responses.

• Be a good neighbor and clean up any debris from fireworks. Also safely store any matches and lighters so children do not have access to them.

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