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Holiday warning from Tar Heel Fire Department


The Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department wants to help Bladen County citizens safe this new year. The group posted a list of tips and warnings for everyone on Facebook this week.

The department said, “Everyone loves a great New Year’s Celebration, but this year celebrate safely!”

Did you know that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires? These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.

In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries.

The Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department wants to help Bladen County citizens safe this new year. The group posted a list of tips and warnings for everyone on Facebook this week.

The department said, “Everyone loves a great New Year’s Celebration, but this year celebrate safely!”

Did you know that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires? These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.

In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries.

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