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Independence Day Safety

Fireworks are responsible for thousands of fires and injuries each year.

Each July 4th, 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.

Fireworks by the numbers

• Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage. 

• In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. 

Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries.

These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2015 Fireworks Annual Report

It is important to remember to put safety first while enjoying all of the festivities during this years 4th of July celebration. 

Please review the safety tips and play the trivia game to enjoy a happy and safe Independence Day! 

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