State Fire Marshal's Office

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy

Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
http://www.wsp.wa.gov

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: August 09, 2016
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis
Phone: (360) 596-3929
E-mail: Lysandra.Davis@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wafiremarshal


Serious Fireworks Injuries Increase by 40% in 2016

Olympia -- Serious fireworks-related injuries from June 1 to July 31, 2016 in Washington State rose by 40% according to the latest figures from the State Fire Marshal's Office. The majority of these injuries occurred on the Fourth of July. This year, fireworks injuries resulted in amputations, first, second, third degree burns and hearing and eyesight loss. 16% of those injured were due to alcohol or drug impairment.

In addition, fireworks-related-fires resulted in an estimated nearly $200,000 in property loss during the same period. There were 67 fireworks-related fires with 62% of them occurring on the Fourth of July holiday.

"Any injury or fire due to fireworks is too many," says State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy.
"The best way to prevent fireworks-related injuries and fires is to attend a licensed, public fireworks display,"

For more information about fireworks safety, check the Celebrate Safely website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.

Key Highlights – June 1 to July 30, 2016:

INJURIES

FIRES

Top 10 Fireworks/Device Types Causing Injuries:

Type

# of Injuries Caused

Type of Injuries

Average Age of Persons Injured

Aerial Shells (legal/illegal)

61

12 amputations, 1st & 2nd degree burns, multiple injuries

27

Unknown Device

37

3 amputation, multiple injuries, 1st & 2nd degree burns

24

Sparklers

32

1st & 2nd degree burns to hands and face, eyes

21

Roman Candle

18

1 amputation, 1st & 2nd degree burns and sight loss

20

Bottle Rocket / Missile

 9

Primarily head/face – burns, hearing loss and eye trauma

21

Sparkler Bomb

 9

2 amputation, 1 multiple injury, 1st & 2nd & 3rd degree burns

31

Cake

 8

1st & 2nd degree burns, multiple injuries

29

Novelties

 8

1st & 2nd degree burns

21

Firecrackers

 7

1 amputation, burns, hearing loss, sight loss

23

Homemade Device

 6

1 amputation, burns, open fractures

30


Type of Fires Reported:

 

Firework Type

 

 

Fire Type

Illegal

Legal

Unknown

Damage in $

Total Fires

Vegetation

 5

14

20

$2,650

39

Residential

 3

 3

 2

$126,250

 8

School/Grounds

 2

 0

 0

$0

 2

Other

 3

 2

10

$5,500

15

Commercial

 1

 0

 0

$ 0

 1

Vehicle

 1

 0

 0

$100

 1

Residential/Vehicle

 0

 0

 1

$65,000

 1

Total

15

19

33

$199,500

67


Top 5 Reported Ignition Sources:

Type

# of Fires Caused

Damage in $

Unknown

33

$143,950

Aerial Shells

 8

$2,450

Bottle Rockets

 6

$2,000

Firecrackers

 3

$ 0

M-80s

 3

$300

Total

53

$148,700


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.

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