July 4th safety – Risk by the numbers

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Over the July 4th weekend in 2015, six people died, two NFL players lost fingers and a teen lost a hand and injured his eye from fireworks.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2014, the most injured body parts from fireworks were as follows:

36% Hands and fingers
19% Eyes
19% Heads, faces and ears
10% Legs
11% Trunk
5% Arms

The CPSC also noted that more than half of the fireworks injuries were burns.

The CPSC found that sparklers accounted for an estimated 1,400 emergency department-treated injuries, which represented 19 percent of the total fireworks-related injuries.

The CPSC also stated that children under 15 years old experienced about 35 percent of the estimated injuries, and males of all ages experienced 74 percent of the estimated injuries. (See “Fireworks-Related Deaths, Emergency Department-Treated Injuries, and Enforcement Activities During 2014“.)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. The NFPA also states that on July 4th in any typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.  (See Fireworks Statistics.)

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