In 2010, the State of Washington had 575 fireworks-related injuries/fires reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Of the 575, there were 414 fires and 161 injuries. As compared to 2009, the State of Washington saw a 53% decrease from their total of 1,236 fires/injuries.
The incidents in 2010 caused an estimated $2.1 million in property loss. Illegal fireworks accounted for $55,473.00 in property loss caused by fires, and $1,900.00 was due to legal firework related fires. These fires affected everything from residential structures to wildland to school properties.
The most firework-related injuries are those to male youth and young adults. This is mainly due to lack of supervision. Children are 11 times more likely to be the victim of firework-related injuries when they are unsupervised, says the Center for Disease Control.
Burns are the most common injuries caused by fireworks. Between 1st and 3rd degree, burns account for 48% of injuries. The head and/or face is the most common part of the body that is injured, followed by hands then legs/feet. These injuries are usually caused by holding the fireworks in your hands, leaning over fireworks or throwing fireworks.
The best way to keep yourself and your family safe is to enjoy a professional firework display. There are over 100 professional displays in the State of Washington among many other Independence Day activities.
If you or someone you know has been injuried as a result of fireworks, or any other personal injury, call the Andrew Kim Law Firm. In a free consultation, you will speak with an experienced Washington personal injury attorney about your injuries and the claims process. In Bellevue or surrounding area, call (425) 289-1990. In Tacoma, call (253) 682-2000. You can also reach our office toll free at (800) 636-3676.