More than 11,000 Americans were injured by fireworks in 2016
According to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 11,000 Americans were injured and four were killed in accidents involving fireworks in 2016. Here are some helpful hints to ensure family and friends enjoy a fun and safe Fourth this year. [Cameron Nixon]
The four fireworks-related deaths were associated with illegal or professional devices. Leave the big displays to the professionals.
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People between the ages of 20 and 24 had the highest rate of injury, followed by children under 5 years old. Be especially cautious when using any types of fireworks around young children.
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The most common injuries resulting from fireworks-related accidents were burns to the hands, face and head. Most times, these injuries can be avoided by following the safety instructions on consumer fireworks packaging. However, fireworks can malfunction by straying off course, having too short of a fuse and tipping over.
The CPSC assures fireworks consumers who follow these three steps can practice a safer Fourth of July celebration:
1. Keep fireworks away from kids.
2. Check local laws and only light up legal fireworks devices.
3. Stay away from professional-grade fireworks unless trained to use them.
Contact the CPSC for more fireworks-related information at 800-638-2772.