Office of the State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Fireworks Incident Data for 2014
There were 432 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal's Office by fire departments and hospitals in 2014. The majority of these incidents occur on July 4th, with demographic trends indicating that the highest number of injuries were sustained by males 36 years old and older.
The incidents of greatest concern:
- 155 fires resulted in $320,240 in damage and property loss. Residential fires resulted in $161,050 in damages – or 50% of the total loss.
- 66 injuries were caused by devices which are illegal to own or possess in Washington State.
- 8 sparkler bomb devices caused 6 multiple trauma injuries, and also resulted in 2 fires. These devices are considered improvised explosive devices which are illegal to manufacture and possess. Injuries as a result of one of these devices included metal puncture wounds, burns, tearing of the hands, and trauma to the face, chest and legs.
"Never attempt to make your own fireworks," says State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy. Talk to your families about fireworks and safety. Be sure to set family boundaries, only responsible adults should light fireworks. Always store fireworks in a secure location; making sure that they are out of reach and sight of curious children. Personal fireworks require personal responsibility.
Always remember to use The Three B's of fireworks safety:
- Be Prepared—Have water nearby and put pets indoors
- Be Safe—Only adults should light fireworks
- 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.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens
of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire
sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.