This 4th of July…Be Careful

This 4th of July, be careful or this could happen to you!

I don’t want to see any of you guys blow off body parts because you do something stupid.

Here are some facts about Fireworks from the CDC:

How big is the problem?

  • In 2006, eleven people died and an estimated 9,200 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States.
  • An estimated 5% of fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency departments required hospitalization.

Who is most at risk for fireworks-related injuries?

  • More than two-thirds of all fireworks-related injuries in 2006 occurred between June 16 and July 16. During that time period:

    • one out of every three people injured were children under 15 years of age;
    • about three times as many males were injured as females; and
    • young people under twenty sustained nearly half (47%) of all injuries from fireworks.

  • People actively participating in fireworks-related activities are more frequently and severely injured than bystanders.

What kinds of injuries occur?

  • Between June 16 and July 16, 2006:

    • The body parts most often injured were hands (2,300 injuries), eyes (1,500 injuries), and the head, face, and ear (1,400 injuries).
    • More than half of the injuries were burns. Burns were the most common injury to all body parts except the eyes and head areas, where contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies in the eye occurred more frequently.

  • Fireworks can be associated with blindness, third degree burns, and permanent scarring.
  • Fireworks can also cause life-threatening residential and motor vehicle fires.

What types of fireworks are associated with most injuries?

  • Between June 16 and July 16, 2006:

    • Firecrackers were associated with the greatest number of estimated injuries at 1,300. There were 1,000 injuries associated with sparklers and 800 associated with rockets.
    • Sparklers accounted for one-third of the injuries to children less than 5 years of age.

  • Between 2000-2005, more than one-third of the fireworks-related deaths involved professional devices that were illegally sold to consumers.


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