Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association is reinforcing this Fourth of July.
Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death, making them too dangerous to be used safely by consumers.
On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported U.S. fires, more than any other cause of fire.
U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks-related injuries; 51 percent of those injuries were to the extremities and 41 percent were to the head.