"In 2017, at least eight people died and about 12,900 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission." 2017 Firework Annual Report
On average each year, fireworks will cause:
- 18,500 fires/ year
- 1,300 Structure Fires
- 300 Vehicle Fires
- 16,900 Outside and Other Fires
- Cause an average of 3 deaths and 40 civilian injuries
- Cost approximately $43 million dollars in direct property damage
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has these helpful safety tips for using fireworks.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Avoid buying fireworks wrapped in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays, and could be dangerous to consumers
- Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited
- Never throw or shoot fireworks at another person or animal
- Never shoot fireworks off in a metal or glass container
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
From the National Fire Protection Association, How Hot Does a Sparkler Burn?
- Sparklers Burn at 1200°F
- Glass Melts at 900°F
- Wood Burns at 575°F
- Cakes Bake at 350°F
- Water Boils at 212°F
Watch the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's Firework Safety 2018 Video or the National Fire Protection Association Consumer Firework Safety Public Service Announcement to learn more about Firework Safety!