With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, it's important to keep children safe while enjoying the fireworks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides advice on fireworks safety and statistics about fireworks injuries. Here are some interesting stats and some important safety tips.
- 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
- Injuries to children were a major component of total fireworks-related injuries, with children under 15 years of age accounting for approximately 40 percent of the estimated injuries.
- Fifty-three percent of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were individuals younger than 20 years of age.
Most Injured Body Parts:
- 46%: Hands and fingers
- 17%: Eyes
- 17%: Heads, faces, and ears
- 5%: Trunk
- 4%: Arms
- 11%: Legs
Injuries by Fireworks Type:
- 17%: Sparklers
- 14%: Reloadable Shells
- 13%: Firecrackers
- 7%: Roman Candles
- 6%: Bottle Rockets
- 6%: Novelties
- 2%: Multiple Tubes
- 1%: Fountains
- 3%: Public Display
- 29%: Unspecified
So how do we keep safe? Here are some fireworks safety tips:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying our using them.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.