If you’re like us, you might feel like this year is passing in the blink of an eye. Many people will be celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow, so we wanted to take a moment to remind you to use caution if you plan to light your own fireworks.
The National Safety Council (NSC) has deemed July as Fire Safety Month to help bring awareness to users about how to enjoy your holidays while remaining safe. According to the 2019 Fireworks Annual Report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), between June 21-July 21, 2019 there were a total of 7,300 injuries and 12 deaths due to fireworks. The majority of people facing injuries were male (66%) from the ages of 25-44 (44%). In one of their report highlights they state that, “children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 36 percent of the estimated fireworks-related injuries. Similar to last year, nearly half of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age.” The top 4 injuries are to the: hand/finger (30%), leg (23%), and head/face/ear (16%), with eyes at a close 4th (15%). And 67% of injuries are due to MISUSE of fireworks and NOT MALFUNCTION.
These stats prove that even though fireworks are legal, they are still extremely dangerous! This is why the NSC has provided a list of tips for people choosing to use legal fireworks to help keep themselves safe. You can read the full list here.
Not only can fireworks injure you, but they are also notorious for starting fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2019 19,500 fires were started due to fireworks. This includes structures, vehicles, and outside/other fires. They also note that even though sparklers seem like a safe alternative they may be more dangerous than you think. Sparklers burn extremely hot, hot enough to melt some metals, so don’t think that your clothes or skin are exempt from getting burnt. In an article by the NFPA they state that, “Sparklers were the leading cause of fireworks injuries. More than half of the fireworks injuries incurred by children under five years of age were caused by sparklers.”
We hope that this Fourth of July you can enjoy yourself and the holiday but stay safe with these tips!
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