Serious Fireworks Injuries Increase by 40% in 2016

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

 

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office 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.

sourced – Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis – (360) 596-3929 – Lysandra.Davis@wsp.wa.gov

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