Firework Dangers - Central County Fire & Rescue

Firework Dangers

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fireworks related injuries send 200 people a day to the emergency room in the month around the July 4 holiday.

The CPSC’s annual report of deaths and injuries involving legal and illegal fireworks for 2012 revealed this statistic, along with the fact that more than 50 percent of the injuries are burns.



“Last year more than 8,500 people were treated for fireworks related injuries in the U.S. Many of these could have been avoided by not using consumer fireworks.” says CCFR Chief Russ Mason. “We strongly recommend that our residents leave the fireworks to the professionals this July fourth.”

No fireworks are safe, items as simple as sparklers can cause serious injury. “Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees, this is hot enough to burn some metals, and cause third degree burns,” explains Mason.

Beyond the dangers of fireworks, it is illegal to use them in the Cities of St. Peters, O’Fallon, Wentzville and Lake St. Louis.

Additional CPSC Report Findings Include:

  • The top injury causing fireworks were firecrackers (23 percent), sparklers (12 percent) and bottle rockets (12 percent)
  • 23 percent of injuries were to people age 25-44.
  • More than half of the reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head and face.

The full CPSC report is available here