Focus On Fire Safety: Fireworks
Every year in the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July with community
parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks – the things of which happy memories are
made. But sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from fireworks
use. The safest way to enjoy them is through public displays conducted by professional
pyrotechnicians hired by communities. Learning fireworks safety tips can help ensure
that everyone has a happy and safe summer holiday.
By the Numbers: Fireworks
• 30,100 Estimated number of fires caused by fireworks each year
• 7,000 Estimated number of injuries caused by fireworks in 2008
• 7 Fireworks-related deaths occurred in 2008
• $34 million Amount of direct property loss caused by fireworks
Sources: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Who is at Most Risk?
In 2008, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 7,000 people for
fireworks-related injuries. 70 percent of these injuries occurred between June 20 - July
20. Of these:
• 46 percent of injuries were to the extremities and 36 percent were to the head.
• 56 percent were burns, while 21 percent were contusions and lacerations.
• Two of 5 people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
• 62 percent of injuries were to males; 38 percent were to females.
• Devices such as sparklers, fountains, roman candles, and novelties accounted
for 40 percent of injuries; firecrackers caused 18 percent of injuries.