by: KIRO 7 Updated:
More than 350 fireworks-related injuries and fires occurred in Washington last year, and young boys were most commonly injured.
Firefighters warn that more injuries could occur this year without proper guidance.
"The supervision of kids is critical for these kinds of responses," Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Trejo said. "Adults should be the ones to light fireworks if the kids are 14 and under."
Of the 354 reports received, there were 128 fires and 226 injuries. The majority of those incidents occurred on the Fourth of July.
Among those incidents:
- Seven residential fires totaling $880,500 in loss. One was caused by an illegal device; three were caused by legal fireworks; three were caused by an unknown type of firework device
- Twenty-six fires and 64 injuries were caused by devices that are illegal to own or possess in Washington State.
- Seven sparkler bomb incidents that included five fires/explosions, two of which caused facial, torso and hand injuries. Improvised explosive devices are illegal in Washington State.
Trejo urges parents to contact local fire departments for rules and ordinances regarding fire safety. Seattle prohibits fireworks year-round, as do most cities in King County. Click here to see a list of local fireworks regulations.
"Have water nearby, put your pets indoors, be responsible and clean up your fireworks debris," Trejo said. "It is a time to celebrate our freedom, but you need to remember those safety tips."