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4TH OF JULY FIRE SAFETY MESSAGE FROM SVFD FIRE MARSHAL, GREG ROGERS
As we head into summer weather and wildfire season, Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers has some fire safety concerns for our community.
Each year fireworks injure thousands of people and cause thousands of fires.
About 2/5 fires started by fireworks each year are reported on the 4th of July Independence Day holiday.
Fireworks cause an estimated 18,500 reported fires in the U.S. each year. U.S. Emergency Hospital rooms see an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries that effect every part of the human body.
Sparklers alone account for more than ¼ of emergency room fireworks injuries.
Children aged 5 – 9 are actually more than twice as likely as other age groups to be injured by fireworks.
Who are the biggest users and the ones who sustain the most injuries?
Men. Males 25 – 44 account for 34% of illegal firework use and 70% of fireworks related injuries.
If you find yourself in possession of illegal fireworks this season, follow these three easy steps for safe firework disposal or take them to your neighborhood Fire Station.
- Soak them by completely submerging the fireworksin a bucket of water. Allow them to soak overnight.
- Double wrap the soaked fireworksin plastic wrap or plastic bags so they do not dry out.
- Place wrapped bags in regular household garbage and take to your local solid waste facility.
Be safe this 4th of July. Celebrate the holiday in a manner that doesn’t harm you, the people around you, or your home and property.
If you have questions or need help to dispose of fireworks properly, call us at the Spokane Valley Fire Department 509.928.1700
We want to keep this community safe and healthy no matter what season it is.
- Julie Happy