Firework Safety 101

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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