Just before 4th of July, the State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy released firework accident data for last year. The media release noted that in 2009, there were 200 fire accident related injuries and 1,036 fires.
Most of the accidents happened on the forth of July and most of the incidents were caused by boys between the ages of eight and fourteen. The Fire Marshall advises parents closely supervise children 14 and under to prevent injuries and fires.
The major incidents last year include:
- 89 residential fires
- 40 school fires
- 105 fires and 91 injuries due to illegal fireworks
- 9 sparkler bomb incidents which resulted in injuries including metal puncture wounds, burns and trauma to the face, chest and legs.
Fire Work Safety Tips
- Water – Keep water close at hand
- Pets – Keep pets indoors
- Safety – Adults should be the only one to light fireworks
- Clean Up – properly dispose of fireworks debris.
See the Fire Marshall’s web-site for Fireworks Safety & Injury Prevention.