Celebrate July 4th Safely

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Fireworks are synonymous with July 4th. The beauty of the colors and the loud booms attract thousands to displays throughout the country. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks caused nearly 13,000 nonoccupational injury visits to the ER each year during the period of June 16th-July 16th, 2017. [1] This is an approximately 23% increase since the 2014 Annual Fireworks safety statistics.

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The 2017 Annual Report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released on June 18th shared the following statistics concerning fireworks related deaths and injuries:[2]

· CPSC staff received reports of eight nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths during 2017. Seven victims died from direct impacts of fireworks, and one victim died in a house fire caused by misusing a firecracker.

o Of the eight fatalities in 2017:

§ 5 were related to reloadable aerial devices

§ 1 was associated with manufacturing homemade devices

§ 1 involved a firecracker

§ 1 was related to sparklers.

· Of the fireworks-related injuries sustained

o 70 percent were to males

o 30 percent were to females.

· Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 36 percent of the estimated 2017 injuries. Fifty percent of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age.

· There were an estimated 1,200 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers and 300 with bottle rockets.

· The parts of the body most often injured were:

o 31% hands and fingers

o 22% head, face, and ears

o 17% legs

o 14% eyes

o 6% arms

· Fifty-three percent of the emergency department-treated injuries were burns. Burns were the most common injury to hands, fingers and arms.

Though the statistics would appear to show differently, it is possible to enjoy and share fireworks safely. The common denominator in injuries is people NOT practicing fireworks safety.

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Implementing fireworks safety will determine the difference; between an enjoyable night celebrating or a trip to the emergency room.

· Purchase fireworks from a licensed dealer.

· Keep water close by. You don’t want the potential, if a fire starts to spread because no water is nearby.

· Never try to re-light or pick up a failed firework.

· Sparklers are a firework and should be treated as one. Watch children closely. Children under 5 are a prime cause of injury.

· Light fireworks one at a time.

· Don’t light fireworks in a container.

· Only light fireworks outside and from a hard surface.

· Find out if fireworks are legal in your area before commencing with lighting.

· Protect your eyes with goggles when lighting fireworks.

· Don’t indulge in alcoholic beverages and light fireworks.

· Keep spectators a safe distance from fireworks.

· Know your surroundings. Are there trees, flammables or other potential dangers in the area before lighting fireworks.

· Protect animals. Many animals are traumatized by the sound of fireworks.

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Reference: 10 fireworks safety tips for the 4th of July (or any time of the year)

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Accessed on: June 8, 2018

Reference: Fireworks Safety and Quiz

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Reference: Fireworks Safety Tips

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Reference Photo One: Fireworks Photo (Edited to have text)

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Reference Photo Two: CIHC Fireworks Injury Stats Graphic

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Reference Photo Three: Firework Safety Tips

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[1] https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/Fireworks_Report_2017.pdf?Jr0lMG0Z5QYQMTyUtYr_3GR.991BKn4l

[2] https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/Fireworks_Report_2017.pdf?Jr0lMG0Z5QYQMTyUtYr_3GR.991BKn4l

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