According to a new US Consumer Product Safety Commission report (CPSC) that reviewed firework injuries last year, many Americans are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with their family and friends, with fireworks in the US between 2006 and 2021. Injuries increased by 25%. ,
“It is essential that consumers are aware of the risks involved in the use of firecrackers, in order to prevent injuries and tragedies. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a professional display,” said CPSC President Alex Hohen-Sarik. said in a press release on the report.
“CPSC’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations continues to work closely with other federal agencies to prevent the sale of illegal consumer fireworks.”
According to the report, about 11,500 people went to the emergency room for firework-related injuries in 2021, down from 15,600 emergency room treated injuries in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic when many public performances were cancelled. .
In 2021, 44 percent of all fireworks-related injuries occurred a few weeks before July 4 last year and with the highest estimated rate of emergency department visits in the 20-24 age group.
Hands and fingers were the most common part of the body injured, followed by the head, face and ears in 2021. About 34% of injuries occurred in the arms, legs or trunk.
According to the report, nearly a third of fireworks-related injuries treated by the emergency department in 2021 were for burns, while an estimated 31% of selected and tested fireworks involved non-compliant components.
And a University of Michigan national survey reminds that kids need to be aware of fireworks safety, too.
“For many families, fireworks are a favorite summer tradition, but fireworks are unpredictable. It is essential that parents keep children away from where those fireworks are set off,” said Sarah Clarke, co-author of the recent University of Michigan Health CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Director.
“Our survey suggests that some parents may need to be more diligent in ensuring a safe environment that minimizes these risks and protects children from firework injuries.”
More than half of the parents surveyed reported that someone in the family or their neighborhood had set off fireworks in the past two years.
But the survey reported that only one in five children was sitting at least 100 feet from where the aerial fireworks were being fired.
“Parents differ on what age they will allow their child to set off fireworks,” Clark said in the press release.
“But parents need to ensure that children are at the right age and maturity level to understand the dangers involved and the importance of carefully following all safety regulations. If the child is not prepared to do these things, their risk of burns, eye injuries and other accidents increases.
According to the CPSC report, parents often see sparklers as a safer option for children, but in 2021 sparklers caused 1,100 emergency-department-related injuries.
Clark said sparklers can burn over 1,000 degrees, which can cause serious burns if not handled correctly.
“Children should hold sparklers at arm’s length away from their eyes, hair, and clothing. Much of the fun of sparklers is swirling or swaying them, which can make it a challenge for parents to ensure that there is enough distance between children ,” said the Mott Poll report.
“Parents may assume that sparklers are a safe way for young children to enjoy summer festivities. But these are handheld fireworks that can reach temperatures high enough to ignite some metals,” Clark said in the press release.
“Sparklers are safe only when parents implement all safety measures and children follow them.”
Here are some other fireworks safety tips from the press release:
- Buy only legal crackers that are labeled for consumer use.
- Use eye protection when setting off fireworks.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from where any fireworks are fired.
- Fire only one firework at a time.
- Never throw or throw fireworks or sparklers at anyone.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of emergency.
- Place the sparkler in a bucket of water after use.
- Make sure children wear shoes around fireworks.
“Be ready to use first aid. For minor burns, soak a towel in cool water and place it on the area for about five minutes. Then cover with a clean bandage and apply on your face to reduce pain and swelling. Give the child acetaminophen.”
“For a major burn, or if the irritation involves the eyes, bring the child to the emergency room right away.”