Fireworks Safety

3272679_mFireworks shows are the main event in 4th of July celebrations. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends viewing a professional fireworks display and discourages the use of consumer fireworks entirely, because there are so many injuries and fires every year. But for many families enjoying fireworks at home is an Independence Day tradition, and if basic fireworks safety is observed, it does not have to result in accidents and tragedy.

Why Fireworks Safety is So Important

According to the NFPA, in 2011, 9,600 people suffered fireworks injuries severe enough to send them to the emergency room. That does not include the injuries and deaths in an estimated 17,800 fires caused by fireworks. In those fires it is estimated that 40 people were injured and eight killed.

The National Safety Council says that in 2006, about 9,200 people were treated for fireworks injuries with children between the ages of 10 and 14 being at three times the risk of injury.

Fireworks Injuries

The most common areas of the body to be injured include:

  • Fingers
  • Hands
  • Eyes
  • Head
  • Face

Fireworks injuries to these areas can be severe and can include loss of fingers or limbs, severe scarring, blindness, and hearing damage. For more information checkout our Fireworks Safety Infographic and Fireworks Safety Checklist.

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