Fire Safety Tips - The Danger of Fireworks

Center Pigeon Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. P.O. Box 875, Canton, NC 28716    Tel: 828.648.0810

 

 

Fire Safety Tips - The Danger of Fireworks

AMATEUR USE OF FIREWORKS CAN LEAD TO DEVASTATING BURNS AND OTHER INJURIES, FIRES AND EVEN DEATH.

 

Each year in the United States approximately 10,000 people are medically treated for fireworks-related injuries. More often than not it is the bystanders that sustain the injuries.

ALMOST HALF OF THE INJURIES OCCUR AMONG CHILDREN AGES 14 YEARS AND YOUNGER.

Males sustain about 72% of the injuries.  Parts of the body most frequently injured are hands and fingers (26%), eyes (21%), and head and face (18%). More than half of the injuries involve burns (63%). Injuries are most commonly associated with fire-crackers (24%), sparklers (21%) and rockets (18%).

MANY PEOPLE THINK OF SPARKLERS AS HARMLESS FIREWORKS THAT ARE SAFE FOR CHILDREN TO USE. THEY ARE NOT!

Sparklers can heat up to 1800 degrees (hot enough to melt gold) and can easily catch fire to clothing or hair.

The National Council of Fireworks Safety has produced a number of safety videos and PSAs to educate the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks. We invite you to review our videos. DVDs of our complete safety tips video are available for sale for $15 including shipping and handling. Please contact us to order one or more copies of our DVD. A discount is available for orders of 10 or more.

2007 Safety Video

Introduction to Safety Video

Former President George Bush Safety PSA (Quicktime)

Sadly, each year, there are over 100 injuries reported to the NEISS reporting hospitals. Based on these actual injuries, the CPSC produces an estimate of injuries on a national basis. The estimate for calendar year 2006, based upon 261 reported injuries, was 9,200 estimated injuries.

Articles:

Consumers Warned of Illegal Explosives and Urged to Follow Consumer Fireworks Safety Tips

National Fireworks Group Urges Caution with Sparklers

More Info:

National Council on Fireworks Safety

CPSC.Gov

Kid's Health - Fireworks Safety

Prevent Blindness.org