Firework Safety

Written by: Lindsay Florkey | Posted: 2015-06-30

An estimated 10,500 fireworks-related injuries (and 11 non-occupational deaths) were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2014, with 7,000 of them during a one-month study period of June 20 to July 20, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

About 1,300 of the injuries during that month were eye injuries.

The CPSC’s “2015 Fireworks Annual Report” also included these findings for the one-month period surrounding the 2014 July 4th holiday:

  • Males sustained 74 percent of fireworks-related injuries; females accounted for 26 percent.
  • An estimated 35 percent of the injuries occurred in children younger than age 15, and 47 percent occurred in people under 20.
  • The eye injuries were caused mostly by firecrackers. Some 200 were caused by bottle rockets and other rocket-like fireworks, another 100 by sparklers and 300 by unspecified fireworks. The eye injuries were mostly contusions, lacerations and burns, but there were many other injuries as well.
  • For children under 5 years old, sparklers accounted for the largest number of injuries.
  • The parts of the body most often injured by fireworks were: hands and fingers (36 percent); head, face and ears (19 percent); eyes (19 percent); legs (10 percent); trunk/other (11 percent); and arms (5 percent). About 54 percent of all the injuries were burns.
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