Posted on June 28, 2019 in General, Personal Injury
As you gather with your friends and families to celebrate this Fourth of July, remember to be extra careful around fireworks. This can be a great day for pool parties, barbecues, and summer fun, but if handled incorrectly, fireworks can cause serious and life-threatening injuries.
- Emergency departments treated over 9,000 fireworks-related injuries last year.
- 5,600 injuries occurred in June and July.
- 36% of those injured were children under 15.
- 44% of injuries were burns, most commonly to arms, hands, and fingers.
Even Sparklers, often deemed safe for little children can cause serious injuries.
- Last year, sparklers and bottle rockets accounted for 500 and 200 injuries, respectively.
Areas most often injured:
- Hands and fingers (28%)
- Legs (24%)
- Eyes (19%)
DOs and DONTs:
- DON’T allow young children to light or play with fireworks.
- DO have a bucket of water or a hose ready in case of a fire or other accident.
- DON’T point or throw fireworks at anyone.
- DO have an adult present to supervise any firework activities.
- DON’T pick up or try to re-light fireworks that appear to have burnt out.
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission 2018 Fireworks Annual Report