There were 354 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported by fire departments and hospitals to the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2012.
Of the 354 reports received, there were 128 fires and 226 injuries. The majority of these incidents occur on July 4. Most incidents were cause by males between 8 and 21 years of age.
The incidents of greatest concern are:
· 7 residential fires totaling $880,500 in loss, 1 was caused by an illegal device, 3 were caused by legal fireworks and 3 were caused by an unknown type of firework device.
· 26 fires and 64 injuries were caused by devices which are illegal to own or possess in Washington State.
· 7 sparkler bomb incidents that included 5 fires/explosions and 2 causing facial, torso and hand injuries. These devices are considered improvised explosive devices which are illegal to manufacture and possess.
Parents Need to Know: Supervision of kids 14 and under is critical in reducing emergency responses to fireworks incidents. Talk to your kids about fireworks and safety. Set family boundaries, only adults should light fireworks. Store fireworks in a secure location out of the reach and sight of curious children. 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.
For more information about fireworks safety, public fireworks displays and the fireworks laws for your area, check the Celebrate Safely website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.