The annual Fireworks report is out, and it still tells a cautionary tale of consumer fireworks. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, with 9,600 fireworks-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.
Different fireworks are banned depending on the state, but it isn’t always the flashy explosive type that poses a risk. Sparklers and novelties alone accounted for 34 percent of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2011. In addition, children are disproportionately at risk for sustaining injuries from fireworks.
NFPA coordinates the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, a group of health and safety organizations, which aims to reduce the number of fireworks-related deaths and injuries by encouraging people to attend professional displays instead of using consumer fireworks at home.
To view the full Fireworks report, and for more information about NFPA and firework safety, visit www.nfpa.org/fireworks.