Know the facts about fireworks before you celebrate this summer.
Fireworks are a July 4th staple, however that doesn't necessarily mean they're always safe. Here are some numbers that may have you taking a second look, especially at shooting off any kind of display at home. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
• Approximately 200 people visit an emergency room with fireworks-related injuries each day in the four week period around July 4th. More than half of the injuries are burns.
• All four of the cases of death due to fireworks that were reported to CPSC in the year of the most recent study involved illegal and homemade fireworks.
• More than 90 percent of fireworks-related injuries involve harm to people's hands, fingers, heads, faces, eyes, ears and legs.
• Sparklers, what many people mistake for kid-friendly fireworks, can burn up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and are responsible for approximately 17 percent of fireworks-related injuries. Other double-digit offenders include reloadable shells and firecrackers. Only approximately 3 percent of injuries are due to public fireworks displays.
• Men are more often injured than women and more than 25 percent of all people injured are fourteen years old or younger, with 7 percent being four and younger.
While Texas law allows for the consumer purchase of fireworks, it's far safer to watch a professional fireworks display than to coordinate your own. Regardless, if you suffer an accident or injury know that at Medical Center Arlington, we offer emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you would like to request a physician referral, please call 1-855-868-6262.