The Washington State Patrol (WSP) officially released the firework incident data for Washington State in 2011 Wednesday. In all, there were 476 total firework-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s office in 2011.
Not surprisingly, most of these incidents occurred on the Fourth of July last year and a majority of those responsible for causing the incidents were males between the ages of 15 and 21. Here’s a little more detailed breakdown of the state’s 2011 firework incident statistics:
From the Washington State Patrol:
Parents Need to Know: Supervision of kids 14 and under is critical in reducing emergency responses to fireworks incidents. Talk to your kids about fireworks and safety. Set family boundaries, only adults should light fireworks. Store fireworks in a secure location, out of the reach and sight of curious children. Personal fireworks require personal responsibility.
Remember the three B’s 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 safety, public fireworks displays and the fireworks laws for your area, check the Celebrate Safely website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.