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CPSC on Fireworks Related Injuries and Deaths

Saturday, July 07, 2018By Nina Shapirshteyn

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a press release about injuries and deaths associated with fireworks. Officials with the CPSC report that there were an estimated 12,900 fireworks- related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2017. Additionally, there were eight fireworks-related deaths in 2017. The victims’ ages ranged from four to 57 years old. On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Safety advocates encourage consumers to leave fireworks to the professionals this summer.

Stats from 2017 Fireworks-Related Injuries

  • More than 53 percent of the injuries were burns.
  • 22 percent of the injuries involved the head, faces and ears.
  • 14 percent of injuries involved the eyes.
  • 31 percent of injuries involved hands and fingers.
  • 10 percent of injuries involved trunks and other body parts.
  • 17 percent of injuries involved the legs.
  • 6 percent of injuries involved the arms.

Fireworks Safety During The Month of July

Fireworks are a beloved pastime for many families during the summertime. Whether you’re enjoying them at a professional show or using them in your backyard, safety should always come first. The CPSC has a great list of tips to keep you and your family safe around fireworks this summer.

CPSC’s Consumer Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Make sure consumer fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing.
  • Never use or make professional-grade fireworks.
  • Don’t buy or use fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, that’s a sign they are for professional use only.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting a fuse, and move a safe distance away immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person or occupied area.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, and move away from them quickly.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.

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