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State Fire Marshal's Office encourages firework safety

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OLYMPIA, WA – In 2017, the State Fire Marshal’s Office received 345 reports of fireworks-related incidents by hospitals, clinics, and fire agencies in Washington State; 262 injuries and 83 fires.  The majority of these incidents occurred on the Fourth of July.

Incidents of greatest concern:

  • 262 injuries reported; 11 percent higher than the 10 year average.
  • 83 fires reported due to fireworks use, resulting in a loss of $59,200.
  • 54 injuries and 6 fires were caused by devices that are illegal to own or possess in Washington State.

People can enjoy consumer fireworks in a safe and responsible way if they follow a few simple tips.  When planning your fireworks fun, always remember to use the three “Bs” of fireworks safety:

  • Be Prepared – Have water nearby and put pets indoors
  • Be Safe – Only adults should light fireworks
  • Be Responsible – Clean up fireworks debris

For more information about fireworks, visit the State Fire Marshal’s fireworks webpage at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fireworks/.

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