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.