According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured on the Fourth of July by consumer fireworks.

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks—devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

• In 2016 there were an estimated 11,100 fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency rooms. (according to the Consumer Products Safety Council)

• Sparklers alone account for more than one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries. They burn so hot they can cause third-degree burns. See the chart; the heat is amazing.

• Children aged 5-9 are more than twice as likely as other age groups to be injured by fireworks.

• Fireworks cause an estimated 18,500 reported fires in the U.S. each year, including including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage. More fires are reported on July 4th than on any other day of the year.

In summary, the NFPA recommends:

  1. Be Safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  2. Do not use consumer fireworks
  3. Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
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