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Helena officials stress safety ahead of Independence Day

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Helena Fire Marshal Craig Trapp and Helena Police Officer Cory Bailey Helena Fire Marshal Craig Trapp and Helena Police Officer Cory Bailey
HELENA -

Independence Day is just around the corner, and public safety officials in Helena are urging people to be safe.

Helena Fire Marshal Craig Trapp and Helena Police Officer Cory Bailey talked with MTN News on Friday morning about safety and fire prevention leading up to and including Independence Day celebrations.

They noted that are called to respond to fireworks-related fires every year, and reminded people that fireworks are not allowed within Helena city limits.

They also warned about injuries caused by fireworks, and stressed that fireworks must be used properly, and that children should always be supervised when fireworks are present.

The National Fire Protection Association released the following information:

  • In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires, including 1,400 total structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 30 civilian injuries and $21 million in direct property damage. 
  • In 2014, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2014 Fireworks Annual Report.
  • The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 5-9, followed by children 10-19.
  • More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on July 4th. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.  
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