June Tips of the Month: Fireworks Safety
Fourth of July is just around the corner
with its parades, cookouts and fireworks. Whether it's a
community event or a private display in your own backyard,
fireworks can be dangerous. According to the Consumer
Product Safety Commission fireworks devices were involved in an
estimated 7,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency
departments during 2008. Children under the age of 15 accounted
for about half of the firework related injuries. Between June 20, 2008 - July 20, 2008,
there were 900 injuries associated with firecrackers, 800 associated with
sparklers and 300 associated with rockets.
Body parts most often injured by fireworks
include hands, face, head and eyes. Injuries include burns,
lacerations, and foreign bodies.