Media Advisory: Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Lt. Sue Stangl, 206-250-1892; Harborview Medical Center, Susan Gregg, 206-390-3226

SEATTLE – Seattle Fire Department, Harborview Medical Center and the Seattle Police Department are reminding the community to stay safe this Fourth of July.

Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year, the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries. These incidents could have been prevented by leaving the fireworks to the professionals.

There were 481 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal by fire departments and hospital emergency rooms in 2015, an 11 percent increase over 2014. Of the 481 incidents, there were 241 injuries and 240 fires resulting in more than $600,000 in property loss.

On the Fourth of July, 911 centers can become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. Do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics.

Last year, Harborview Medical Center, an entity of UW Medicine, treated 54 patients who had been injured as a result of fireworks. Injuries ranged from finger amputations to fractures and burns to faces and hands. This year, Harborview has already seen 11 patients with fireworks-related injuries.

Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.

Video/Interview Opportunity:

Seattle Fire Department Fire Marshal – Assistant Chief Charles Cordova

Clinical Director of Emergency Services, Harborview Medical Center – Anne Newcombe

Director of UW Medicine Burn Center at Harborview – Dr. Nicole Gibran, UW Professor of Surgery

Seattle Fire Department Medical Director – Dr. Micheal Sayer

A representative from the Seattle Police Department


What:                   Fourth of July Safety Announcement
                Friday July, 1 2016

Time:                    10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Where:                Harborview Medical Center, 325 9th Avenue, Seattle – Medic One Apparatus Bay South of HMC Emergency room entrance on 9 Ave