With July 4th just around the corner, it’s a good time to remind people just how dangerous consumer fireworks can be. According to NFPA’s just released report about fireworks, an estimated 18,000 fires were started by fireworks in 2009 alone, and on top of that, 8,800 fireworks-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms. Another finding is that per hour of exposure, fireworks are more dangerous than cigarettes.
Because consumer fireworks use is so risky, NFPA is strongly opposed to any consumer use of fireworks, but we encourage people to enjoy public displays of fireworks that comply with NFPA 1123: Code for Fireworks Display.
All visitors can download the full report, executive summary, and fact sheet about fireworks, and also find out additional safety tips at www.nfpa.org/fireworks.