Happy Independence Day, America! Today we thought we would share one of NFPA’s public outreach posters from 40 years ago.
Did you know that each 4th of July, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks?
According to NFPA, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.
In 2017, US hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head.
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