Be Safe, Not Sorry: Fireworks Safety, Prevention

RICHLAND, Wash. - The Fourth of July is a wonderful time of year as the country comes together to celebrate its independence. It can also be a dangerous time of year as well, as many Americans mishandle and abuse fireworks.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage. Also, in 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries.

This morning on Good Morning Northwest, we will be talking with local police and fire officials on what they see here and how you can stay safe this year. 

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