International Association of Fire Fighters
Fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers and bottle rockets can cause injuries and fires, ruining a holiday celebration. The best and safest way to enjoy the Fourth of July is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals and view from a distance.
Though legal in many states, consumer fireworks are extremely dangerous if not handled properly. It’s important to take extra precautions when near or handling fireworks. This includes sparklers, firecrackers and bottle rockets, which can cause injuries and fires, ruining holiday celebrations. Sparklers can burn at temperatures well over 1,000 degrees. In 2017, sparkler injuries sent nearly 1,200 children to the emergency room.
More than 10,000 people are treated for fireworks-related injuries every year, with most of those injuries occurring around the Fourth of July holiday. More than one-third of those injuries involve children under 15 years of age.
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