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Stay Safe-Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Each July fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.  Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks--devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.  This year, leave fireworks to the professionals; don't use consumer fireworks. 



  • Fireworks caused an estimated 22,500 reported fires, including 1,400 total structure fires, 500 vehicle fires and 20,600 outside and other fires.
  • An estimated 7,000 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries.
  • Of the 7,000 people treated for injuries, 53% were to the extremities and 37% were to the head
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for teens ages 15-19 and children 5-9, both with at least two-and-a-half times the risk for the general population
  • Fireworks don't have to explode to be deadly--check out the temperatures that sparklers generate

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