WASHINGTON — Last year, Washington had the lowest number of fireworks-related injuries and fires in about a decade, according to the State Fire Marshal, but there were still 85 fires and 242 injuries, including 23 amputations.

There have many complaints in recent years on the Long Beach Peninsula about inappropriate and unlawful use of fireworks in residential neighborhoods and too close to flammable beach grass. Revelers are encouraged to use good manners and good sense if they wish to avoid stricter legal enforcement.

The Fire Marshall’s Office recommends following these tips to prevent fires, and keep fingers and toes intact:

• Purchase and use only legal fireworks.

• Never try to alter fireworks or reignite “duds.”

• Store fireworks safely, and use proper safety equipment when discharging them.

• Keep pets secured in a safe area.

• Have a sober adult closely supervise children at all times.

• Choose a safe place to use fireworks, and keep plenty of water on hand

• Dispose of fireworks debris properly.

You may discharge fireworks at the following times:

June 28 — 12 p.m. to 11 p.m

June 29 to July 3 — 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

July 4 — 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

July 5 — 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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