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Fireworks Safety
Facts, Figures and General Information
For many, fireworks on the Fourth of July are as American as baseball and apple pie. But, as beautiful as fireworks can be (when left to the professionals), the harsh reality is thousands of people, mostly children and teens, are left with permanent scarring, loss of vision and dismemberment from consumer fireworks-related incidents. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “Amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures.”
 Fireworks  The NFPA also reports these statistics:
  • In 2009, fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 reported fires, including:
    • 1300 total structure fires
    • 400 vehicle fires
    • 16,300 outside and other fires
  • The 2009 fireworks-related fires resulted in:
    • 30 civilian injuries
    • $38 million in direct property damage
    • 8800 people treated in hospital emergency rooms
      • 53% of the injuries were to the extremities
      • 42% were to the head
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 10 – 14 years, with more than twice the risk for the general population.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, many more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day of the year.

Safety Tips (a partial list)

  • Do not use consumer fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers. The tip of a sparkler burns at temperatures of more than 1200o Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
  • Never pick up fireworks that may be left over. They may still be active.

Additional Information
The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks, instead enjoying displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. Watch these NFPA videos demonstrating how dangerous consumer fireworks are.

Fireworks Safety Tips
NFPA Fireworks
Safety Tips
  • NFPA urges you to leave fireworks to the professionals.
  • A dramatic demonstration of the dangers of consumer fireworks.
  • More videos on the dangers of consumer fireworks. 

NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2011 
NFPA’s Fireworks Fact sheet. (PDF, 211 KB) 
Also see: People affected by consumer fireworks 
Also see: A 2009 "Fireworks Annual Report" from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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