Each year, during the first week of July, thousands of Americans are admitted to emergency rooms with burn injuries caused by fireworks. Despite growing safety initiatives, 2017 marked one of the worst years for firework injuries in at least 15 years – about two-thirds of the injuries reported occurred within the 30 days before and after July 4th.
Independence Day Firework Injury Facts and Statistics
In 2017, eight people died and 12,900 consumers were injured in firework accidents.
A majority of these injuries occurred on or near July 4th weekend.
According to the CPSC, more than half of these injuries were the result of unexpected ignition.
Children under the age of 15 accounted for 36 percent of firework injuries in 2017, and 70 percent emergency room-treated injuries were to males.
Sparklers accounted for about 14 percent of injuries reported during the July Fourth period and firecrackers with 10 percent.
Facts About Firework Injuries
Most fireworks injuries result in burns to the head. These burns are often to the eyes, face, and ears.
Other firework accidents result in severe hand burns which can result in the loss of fingers.
In most accidents, sparklers, firecrackers, and flying firework devices are involved.
Firework accident fatalities are nearly always caused by a device that malfunctions and explodes.
Firework Safety Tips
Closely supervise children playing with fireworks.
Never allow small children to ignite fireworks.
When popping fireworks, always keep a bucket of water or hose close by.
Never place any part of the body directly over a firework device.
Never point fireworks in the direction of another person.
Never try to relight a malfunctioning firework device.
Never shoot off fireworks out of a glass or metal container.
Only purchase legal fireworks.
Never buy fireworks which come in a brown paper bag because they may not be meant for the sale to consumers.
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