2018 saw 209 fireworks-related injuries, lower than 10-year average
While people blowing things, and themselves, up with fireworks is a year-round occurrence around July 4, now we have data on just how many fireworks-related injuries ruined the fun last year.
According to the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office, there were 301 reports of fireworks-related incidents in 2018 by hospitals, clinics, and fire agencies in the state. Of those incidents, 209 involved injuries and 92 led to fires — or at least that’s how many people admitted that it was because of fireworks.
If 209 injuries sounds like a lot, it was actually 10 percent lower than the 10-year average, but many people are still getting injured with fireworks the way they always have — by holding them too long. Data shows that 88 injuries were caused by holding the fireworks once lit.
The 92 fireworks-related fires resulted in a loss of $161,475 and 71 of them were classified as wild land or vegetation.
To avoid showing up in next year’s report, the Fire Marshal’s Office has a few tips:
- Be Prepared – Buy only legal fireworks, have water nearby while lighting and keep pets indoors.
- Be Safe – Only adults should light fireworks. Never light fireworks in your hand and never use them indoors. Always light
one firework at a time.
- Be Responsible – Clean up fireworks debris and soak used fireworks with water. Keep matches and lighters away from