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West Florence Fire Dept. reminds citizens of safety tips for July 4th

WFFD firefighters battle a fire. (Source: WFFD Facebook page) WFFD firefighters battle a fire. (Source: WFFD Facebook page)
The West Florence Fire Department (Source: WFFD website) The West Florence Fire Department (Source: WFFD website)
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – With the July 4th holiday approaching quickly, many fire departments and rescues, such as the West Florence Fire Department, want to remind citizens how they can help improve safety.

Here are a few safety tips from a news release from the WFFD:

1- Only purchase fireworks from retailers that have Permits through the State Fire Marshall's Office and NEVER experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

2- Always be aware of your surroundings when shooting fireworks, keep a safe distance from homes, dry grass and trees and consider the “fallout area”. (Take into account where the fireworks will land)

3- Always place fireworks on a level and hard surface such as pavement, or asphalt and NEVER shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. PVC pipe cut for use is the recommended method.

4- Keep small children away from the person discharging the fireworks, we recommend a minimum safe distance of 100 feet and out of the “fallout area”.

5- Only discharge one firework at a time and NEVER carry fireworks on your person.

6- In preparing for your shoot, separate your fireworks a few feet apart to avoid a “piled ignition” and always ignite your fireworks at least 20' from your separated piles.

7- If a firework malfunctions, do not approach it for at least 3 minutes and then wet the malfunctioned firework with your hose before approaching it.

8- Have a water source nearby, such as a garden hose, turned on and easily accessible.

9- Never place any of your body over a firework device when lighting the fuse.

10- Never let a minor child hold or shoot a firework.

11- All fireworks displays that will be for public view, such as a country club or neighborhood association MUST be inspected by the Fire Marshal. This is done at no cost, but is a requirement under the South Carolina Code of Laws.

12 – ONLY Consumer Fireworks purchased at a retailer with a Permit is allowed for private or public use displays. Any fireworks display using “other than” consumer fireworks requires a Permit and SC Licensed Shooter and strict requirements during the shooting. You may contact your local Fire Marshall for further details and information.

13- And as in any case of emergency, always call 911.

The goal of the WFFD is responding promptly to service calls and providing the highest level of fire safety and medical care possible, according to fire Captain Anthony B. Fox.

The WFFD serves a district with close to 25,000 residents in Florence and Darlington Counties and consists of mainly volunteers with the exception of eight part-time paid personnel, three full-time shift firefighters, one full-time paid State Certified Fire Marshall and one full-time paid Chief, according to the WFFD website.

For more information on the WFFD, visit their website at http://www.westflorencefd.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/westflorencefd/timeline.

For additional tips, please see the South Carolina Fire Marshalls website at http://www.scfiremarshal.llronline.com/ or contact your local district Fire Marshall for details and information.

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