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- Most of the firefighters injured last year were hurt during fireground operations, where 27,015, or 42.6 percent, of all firefighter injuries occurred. This was a decrease of 10.2 percent from the previous year, the lowest number since 1981.
- Injuries at the fireground decreased from a high of 67,500 in 1981 to 27,015 in 2014, a drop of 60 percent.
- The number of fires also declined steadily, for an overall decrease of 55.1 percent, and the rate of injuries per 1,000 fires has fluctuated over the past 34 years between a high of 28.3 injuries per 1,000 fires in 1990 and a low of 20.8 injuries per 1,000 fires in 2014.
- These results suggest that, even though the number of fires and fireground injuries declined during the period, the injury rate did not, meaning the fireground injury rate per fire risk has not changed much since 1981.
Christmas trees are a traditional part of the Christmas holiday. They can also be a major source of fuel in a fire.
- Christmas trees were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 210 reported home structure fires per year in 2009-2013.
- Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in 30% of Christmas tree fires.
- 18% of home Christmas tree fires involved decorative lights.
- Wiring or related equipment was involved in 12%.
- Cords or plugs were involved in 5%.
- 24% of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
- 80% or four of every five Christmas tree fires occurred in December and January.
Remind your communities of these tips for safe and responsible firework usage.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.
- have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.