It is estimated that 8,300 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks each year. Approximately fifty percent of the injuries are burns. Most of the injuries involve the hands, eyes, or head. Nearly half of the victims are under fifteen years of age. Prevent a needless tragedy! Leave fireworks to the professionals.
|Federal and State Fireworks Regulations:
To help prevent fireworks accidents, the federal government, under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, prohibits the sale of the most dangerous types of fireworks to consumers.
These banned fireworks include:
Before using fireworks, make sure they are permitted in your state or local area. Some state and local governments prohibit or limit common fireworks or firecrackers used by consumers., formerly referred to as Class C fireworks. Such fireworks include:
|Reduce the risks of injuries... leave Fireworks to the pros.
Only use legal fireworks with extreme caution. Older children should be closely supervised, and younger children should not be allowed to play with fireworks. Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
The American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season, especially our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July. However, fireworks can turn a joyful holiday into a painful memory when children and adults are injured while incorrectly using fireworks.
|Know the risks:
Although legal fireworks can be relatively safe with proper and careful usage, illegal fireworks present substantial risks that can result in deaths, blindness, amputations, and severe burns.
|A Job for the Pros:
Fireworks may seem like the latest in high-tech wizardry, but pyrotechnics, the science of fireworks, has been around for more than 1,000 years. Ancient Chinese chemists probably invented fireworks by chance. Today these dangerous but spectacular displays are only performed by professionals.
In the past 10 years, 400 million hazardous fireworks have been seized or detained from entering our country.
|Protect Your Child:
Teach children to respect fire and fireworks at an early age.