Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Contact: Nancy Chapman
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment – these are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are urging parents to leave fireworks to the professionals. Some facts and figures from the NFPA and the AAP:
In 2009, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,800 people for fireworks-related injuries. Males accounted for 73% of those injuries.
The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 10-14.
Children under 5 account for two-thirds of all sparkler injuries.
On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
To keep your 4th of July holiday a celebration, enjoy your fireworks from afar. There are no safe consumer fireworks.