Fireworks. They are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain, and even death. In 2011, Consumer Product Safety Commission staff conducted a study of fireworks. Here’s what they learned:
1. 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
2. Injuries by Gender: 68% male, 32% female
3. Most Injured Body Parts: 46% hands and fingers, 17% eyes, 17% heads and faces, 5% trunk, 4% arms, 11% legs
4. More than half the injuries were burns.
5. Injuries by Fireworks Type: 17% Sparklers, 14% Reloadable Shells, 13% Firecrackers, 7% Roman Candles, 6% Bottle Rockets, 6% Novelties, 2% Multiple Tubes, 1% Fountains, 3% Public Display, 29% Unspecified
6. Injuries by Age: 40% 25-44, 14% 45-64, 10% 10-14, 10% 15-19, 9% 20-24, 9% 5-9, 7% 0-4, 1% 65+
Slacker is not at all surprised that it is mostly guys getting injured. He says that he remembers his brothers welding potato cannon type of things together to shoot stuff off around the 4th of July. Slacker wants to challenge the women listening to admit that they have done dumb things with fireworks.
Steve said that when he was a kid, he and his friends would strap bottle rockets onto their bikes and fire them at each other James Bond style. He says the guys with the wax-tipped bottle rockets always one because those hurt the most.
Have you ever had or seen a firework accident? A near miss?