197 Fireworks Injuries in Kansas Last Year

firecrackersThe Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds Kansans that when lighting fireworks, they are playing with a type of explosive and there is no such thing as totally safe fireworks.

“Fireworks are comprised of dangerous chemicals and combustibles that can destroy property and injure people,” says Doug Jorgensen, State Fire Marshal. “These deceptively simple objects explode, throw hot sparks through the air, and can often reach temperatures hotter than 1,200 degrees.”

During the week of the July 4th celebrations in 2012, there were 197 reported fireworks-related injuries in Kansas.

Damage to personal and commercial property is another hazard of shooting fireworks. In 2011, there were 26 structure fires, 10 vehicle fires and 199 miscellaneous fires directly related to fireworks from around the state between May 1 and August 31. The total property loss from these fires was $408,125.

“The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an outdoor public display conducted by specially trained pyrotechnic professionals, ” says Jorgensen.