Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. To avoid the risk of injury and property damage associated with consumer fireworks, join other community members in attending a public show put on by trained and licensed professionals.
Fireworks by the numbers
· 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.
If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
· Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How
about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun
but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
· Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks.
· Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.
· Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
· Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
· Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
· Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable
· Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.