Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day!Emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2010.  73% of these injuries occurred between June 18 and July 18.

  • Children under 15 accounted for 40% of the estimated injuries.
  • Approximately 900 injuries were associated with firecrackers.
  • 1,200 injuries were associated with sparklers, and 400 with bottle rockets.
  • The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (30%), legs (22%), eyes (21%), and head, face, and ears (16%).
  • Burns were the most common injury to all parts of the body except the eyes, wherecontusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eye occurred more frequently.
  • 7% of patients had to be admitted or transferred to another hospital.  

In addition to direct physical injuries: 

  • 18,000 fires caused by fireworks
  • $38 million in direct property losses.

What’s the solution?

The U.S. Fire Administration, a division of FEMA, has just one recommendation:

 Leave the fireworks in the hands of the professionals — and sit back and enjoy the show, safely.

Happy Independence Day!

Consumer Product Safety Commission
and National Fire Protection Association