According to the 2020 CPSC fireworks safety report, there were an estimated 7,300 injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July in 2019, with approximately 2,600 of those injuries occurring in children aged 14 and under. Fireworks safety starts at home, but don't set them off too close to your house or off your deck. If you must shoot them from outside, then do so only during daylight hours and keep children away from any unsupervised displays.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to learn how to recognize a safe vs. unsafe firework. Only buy certified-safe fireworks from licensed retailers who will take back items that do not explode. Avoid buying fireworks during their peak display time, which is usually around midnight on the 4th. If you encounter any problems while using a particular brand of fireworks, stop using them immediately. Contact the manufacturer directly if you need assistance finding an alternative product.
Fireworks are dangerous because of the explosive force of the powder inside the shell. They can cause serious injury or death when used improperly and should never be thrown or set off randomly. If you hear anyone say they're going to "shoot fireworks at the park," run for cover!
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In 2020, at least 18 people died as a result of fireworks-related events, up from 12 the previous year. In 2020, around 15,600 individuals were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks injuries. In 2019, there were around 10,000 ER-treated fireworks injuries. The increase is likely due to more people being involved in illegal activities such as pyrotechnics and aerial fireworks during the COVID-19 outbreak.
People have been killed by fireworks throughout history, even before they were used as celebrations or entertainment. Fireworks are dangerous because of the high temperatures and low pressures inside them that can cause serious injury or death when they explode. People who play with fireworks and those who manufacture them are also vulnerable to injury or death from hot metals, glass, and other materials found within them.
Fireworks can be part of many different festivals and ceremonies across the world. They are often used to mark important dates, such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. At some festivals, such as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, fireworks are an important aspect of the culture. At others, they are viewed as vulgar or dangerous and are banned completely.
The danger of fireworks isn't limited to their use during festivals or special events. Any time you go out into the public space with explosives, there is a risk of someone getting hurt or killed.
In 2018, at least five individuals died as a result of fireworks-related injuries, and around 9,100 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, nearly two-thirds of them were treated during the month surrounding the Fourth of July. People under the age of 20 accounted for about half of all ER-treated injuries.
The number of people who have died in connection with fireworks is likely to be higher because some deaths may not have been reported. Each year in the United States, thousands of people are injured by fireworks and several people die from fireworks-related causes.
Fireworks-related injuries can happen anywhere people live or work that comes into contact with electricity, like houses and apartments, stores, offices, schools, and hospitals. Someone always needs to stay behind to make sure no one enters any area where explosives are being handled because they could be stolen or be used otherwise without our knowledge. This task usually falls to a security guard or supervisor.
Security guards prevent unauthorized persons from entering facilities where explosives are being stored or handled. They also monitor those areas for unsafe conditions that might arise because of activities taking place.
Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that everyone involved in fireworks activity follows safety guidelines. They should never operate explosives themselves unless instructed to do so by a qualified person. The only people allowed to operate fireworks are trained and certified personnel such as pyrotechnicians, engineers, and technicians.