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Injuries From Fireworks
Injuries From Fireworks
This information came from a CDC online article.
Spotlight on Injuries from Fireworks
All fireworks are dangerous, especially to children. In 2002, 8,800 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries. Children 14 years and younger sustained about 50% of injuries related to fireworks, and boys represented 75% of all those injured. Typically, two thirds of injuries from fireworks in the United States occur in the days surrounding the July 4th holiday.
Injuries from fireworks most often affect the hands and fingers, eyes, and head and face.
Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the federal government banned the sale of the largest and most dangerous fireworks to consumers. Some states have banned the general publicís use of fireworks altogether. The U.S. National Fire Protection Association and CDC strongly recommend that fireworks be used only by professionals.
In 2002, emergency departments treated 8,800 people for fireworks-related injuries in the United States, and 4 people died from their injuries.
About half of these injuries occurred among children ages 14 years and younger.
Males sustained about 75% of all injuries.
Hands and fingers (32%), eyes (21%), and head and face (17%) were the parts of the body most frequently injured.
More than half of the injuries involved burns (66%).
Injuries were most commonly associated with sparklers (26%), fire-crackers (18%), and rockets (15%).
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