[8/10/16] State Fire Marshal Says Fireworks Injuries Increased This Year

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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

  • There were 226 fireworks-related injuries reported. This number includes legal consumer fireworks, illegal devices and diverted 1.3G shells
  • The top 3 parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (86 injuries), followed by face, eyes and ears (65), and legs (20)
  • Contributing factors in 16 % of all injuries (37 injuries) were due to alcohol or drug impairment
  • 164 injuries (74%) occurred on the Fourth of July
  • King (43 injuries), Snohomish (42) and Pierce (29) Counties reported the highest number of injuries

 

FIRES

  • There were 67 fireworks-related fires reported, resulting in $199,500 in property loss. This number includes legal consumer fireworks, illegal devices and diverted 1.3G shells
  • 42 fires (62%) occurred on the Fourth of July

 

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