Be Safe: Leave Fireworks Displays to Trained Professionals
ATLANTA - In 2007, eleven people died and an estimated 9,800 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States.1 An estimated 5% of fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency departments required hospitalization.
An estimated 6,300 fireworks-related injuries - about two-thirds of all fireworks-related injuries in 2007 - occurred between June 22 and July 22. During that time period:
- more than one out of every three people injured were children under 15 years of age;
- males experienced about 70% of the fireworks-related injuries; and
- young people under twenty sustained more than half of all injuries (54%) from fireworks.