According to the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, 38% of all reported fireworks-related
injuries from June 22-July 22, 2001, were to fingers, hands, and arms.
These injuries included burns, lacerations, fractures, and traumatic
Of the finger, hand, and arm injuries, the majority of injuries were
caused from accidents involving firecrackers, bottle rockets, and
sparklers—three firework-types most often used in a backyard
environment. Accidents involving firecrackers, bottle rockets, and
hand-held sparklers totaled 57% of all fireworks injuries
ASSH encourages individuals to attend a public fireworks display
(monitored for safety by a local fire department) rather than setting
off fireworks near or around their home.
Obey safety barriers and ushers
Stay back a minimum of 500 feet from the launching site
Resist the temptation to pick up firework debris when the display
is over. The debris may still be hot. In some cases, the debris might be
“live” and could still explode.
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