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Fireworks can cause numerous injuries, fires | State Fire Marshal's Office report

There were 576 fireworks-related injuries and fires statewide in 2010 reported to the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office by fire departments and hospitals.

Of the 576 reports received, there were 414 fires and 162 injuries, according to a Monday media release from the State Fire Marshal's Office. The majority of the incidents were on July. Most incidents were caused by males between the ages of 15-21.

The incidents of greatest concern were:

• 18 residential fires totaling $1.4 million in loss, four were caused by illegal devices, one was caused by a legal device and 13 were caused by an unknown type of firework device.

• 414 fires and 162 injuries were caused by devices illegal in the State of Washington to own or possess.

• Eight sparkler bomb incidents included four fires/explosions and four injuries to faces and hands.  These devices are considered improvised explosive devices and are  illegal in the United States  Injuries from one of these devices include, metal puncture wounds with burns from the hot metal, burns and tears to the hands and trauma to the face, chest and legs.

What 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 the fireworks in a secure location out of 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.

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