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As the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks tents are dotting the American landscape, giving some consumers easy access to the explosive devices. However, fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. According to NFPA’s Fireworks Report, in 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
[NFPA | http://www.nfpa.org/] is the coordinator of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, which comprises nearly 25 national and state organizations that work together to help keep the public safe from consumer fireworks. The Alliance urges people to only attend public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals.
In an educational video, NFPA’s Dan Doofus urges people not to use consumer fireworks. You can read more about fireworks safety on the fireworks safety tip sheet, fireworks fact sheet, and the fireworks page on the NFPA website.