Fireworks Facts: Be Safe this Week

Leave it to the Professionals

Fireworks are considered extremely dangerous. Do not buy, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even professional displays can be dangerous.

  • Bystanders often suffer. Data from the U.S. Eye Injury Registry shows that bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than professional operators.
  • Sparklers burn at up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and are a leading cause of fireworks-related injuries, especially in young children.
  • Bottle rockets are unpredictable. Their flight path is erratic, their fuses are non-standard and their explosive power is enough to turn the “launch site” bottle or can into shrapnel.
  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 7,400 fireworks-related injuries, or 65 percent of the total estimated fireworks-related injuries, were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments between June 21- July 21, 2013.
  • Eyes were the third most commonly injured part of the body. An estimated 1,200 fireworks-related eye injuries were treated in 2013.

Keep These Fireworks-Related Statistics in Mind

  • Fireworks devices were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2014
    • 7,000 estimated injuries were in a one month period (June 20-July 20)
    • 19% of these injuries were to the eyes
  • Sparklers accounted for 1,400 injuriesFireworks Facts
  • Firecrackers accounted for 1,400 injuries
  • Bottle Rockets accounted for 100 injuries
  • 40% of injuries were to children under the age of 15
  • Data from the U.S. Eye Injury Registry shows that bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than operators
  • Contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies were the most common injuries to the eyes
  • There were 11 fireworks-related deaths in 2014

“Our studies show that parental supervision is not enough to prevent consumer fireworks injuries to children – in fact, children who are simply bystanders and not even handling the fireworks are often injured,” said Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH, (president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Columbus). “The words I hear when parents bring their child crying in pain to the emergency department after a firework injury are always the same: ‘Doctor, I can’t believe that this happened to my child. I was standing right there, but it happened so fast that I could not do anything in time to stop it from happening’. These are good parents who simply believed the myth that these products could be used safely. Do not make that mistake with your family.”

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