With the Independence Day holiday upon us, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has debuted their public service announcement on fireworks safety featuring New York Giants football player, Jason Pierre-Paul, who lost an index finger and part of his thumb on his right hand following a July 4th fireworks accident at his home last year.
While Pierre-Paul has resumed his NFL career since the accident, his life has been drastically altered, leading him to work closely with the CPSC in an effort to warn others about the dangers of fireworks. His message: Leave the fireworks to the professionals!
CPSC reports that in 2015 there were 11 deaths and nearly 12,000 ER-treated injuries from fireworks - the highest number in 15 years! With more states relaxing their laws and allowing the purchase and use of more types of fireworks by consumers, this timely message of fireworks safety cannot be emphasized enough.
Here are some additional facts, according to the CPSC report:
* Nine out of the 11 deaths involved reloadable aerial devices, a professional grade fireworks device that can quickly result in tragedy, when used incorrectly
* In 2015, the deadliest fireworks incidents most often involved males older than 20
* Young adults between the ages of 15 and 19 accounted for the highest rate of injuries, followed by children aged 5 to 9
* About 65 percent of all injuries involved burns from devices such as sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers
With all of this data available and related stories of tragedy, this July 4th, we strongly encourage everyone to please play it safe. Spend quality time with your family and friends and create happy memories this year by enjoying fireworks in your community that are put on by professionals. For more information including safety tips and an inforgraphic, visit NFPA's fireworks safety webpage.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!