A new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reveals that fireworks-related incidents were responsible for two deaths in 2009 and approximately 9,000 emergency room visits for injuries. According to the CPSC, throughout the 30 days near last year’s 4th of July, about 6,000 injuries involving fireworks were reported in which half of the injuries related to firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.
The most frequently reported fireworks injuries and hazards involve burns to the face, head and hands, residential fires, wrongful death, lacerations, and loss of limbs. Consumers under the age of 20 are the most prone to fireworks injuries, which is why young adults, and especially children, should never be left alone with fireworks without adult supervision. However, adults are not immune to the risk of serious injury or even death within close range of fireworks.
It is also important to never throw or point fireworks at another person, no matter how far away he or she is from you. To learn more about how you can help prevent serious injuries related to fireworks this Fourth of July, visit the CPSC’s website for consumer fireworks safety tips.
While the upcoming weekend presents a time for celebration, Pennsylvania consumer safety during the Independence Day holiday is of the utmost importance. Use extra caution this weekend to help protect yourself and others from harm.