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Updated: 07/03/2013 12:21 PM
Created: 07/03/2013 12:06 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

2012 Firework Injury Statistics Around July 4th


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Fireworks and America's Independence go hand-in-hand.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission studied firework injuries from June 22 to July 22 in 2012. The study found the following information:

  • 200 people on average go to the emergency room everyday with firework-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July.
  • 60 percent of firework injuries occurred during the month around the Fourth of July.
  • Illegal and homemade fireworks were involved in all six firework-related deaths reported to the agency in 2012.
  • More than half the injuries were burns.
  • 74 percent of those injured were males, mostly injured by firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets, novelty devices, Roman candles and reloadable shells.
  • 26 percent of those injured were females, mostly injured by public firework displays.

 

Firework Safety Tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven't ignited fully.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.


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