Do you know the facts when it comes to fireworks and safety?
Fireworks can be fun to set off on the Fourth of July – but they can also be a threat to your safety. Every year on Independence Day, thousands of people, primarily children, are injured by fireworks. In fact, many health officials suggest staying away from consumer fireworks entirely. Do you know the facts about fireworks?
Fireworks Safety Facts
Each year in the United States, fireworks injuries are reported on the Fourth of July. Understanding the facts about fireworks can help you protect your family and friends from injury this holiday.
- Fireworks can burn as hot as a blow torch.
- Firework-related injuries primarily include eye injury and burning.
- The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2010, fireworks were the cause of 15,500 reported fires.
- Also in 2010, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks related injuries.
- Children ages 5-14 are at more than twice the risk for the general population of being injured by fireworks.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks account for two out of five of the fires reported on July 4th. Far more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day in the United States.
- Almost 90% of firework injuries presented in the emergency room involve fireworks that consumers are permitted to use.
Tips for a safe firework display
Firework displays are safest when left to professionals, but be sure to follow these suggestions for safe fireworks if you chose to light them at home.
- Aim fireworks away from any people or flammable objects.
- Do not leave children unattended with fireworks.
- Do not allow children to light fireworks.
- Do not shoot fireworks toward someone.
- Do not light fireworks indoors.
- Fully extinguish fireworks with water after use.
- Keep pets indoors, away from the loud noises and smoke of firework displays.
- Call 9-1-1 right away if anyone is injured by fireworks.
Whether you chose to set off fireworks this Fourth of July or leave the displays to the professionals, count on the Emergency care at Medical Center of McKinney in the event of an injury. If you ever need to find a doctor to speak with, just call us at 1-855-296-6265 for a physician referral.