Use Caution around Fireworks!
Photo Courtesy of: International Association of Firefighters
Each year thousands of people are injured by fireworks. While they are considered a staple to the North American 4th of July holiday, they can very quickly ruin, an otherwise enjoyable celebration.
Fireworks by the numbers – (courtesy of the NFPA)
- In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
- In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
- The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.