State Fire Marshall reports on 4th of July fires and injuries

Friday, August 26, 2016

Northshore Fire reports NO fires and NO fireworks related injuries.

Shoreline had NO major fireworks-related fires or injuries on July 4!

"But," commented Shoreline Fire, "it is astounding that Harborview treated 40 adults and children for trauma related to illegal fireworks. 
"Despite all of the warnings and public education campaigns, some people still don't know how to protect themselves from life-altering injury on what should be a safe and sane summer holiday!"

And on that note, here's what happened in the rest of the state.

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.

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


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