Fireworks Caused Thousands Of Injuries Last Year. Don't Become A Statistic! - Central County Fire & Rescue

Fireworks Caused Thousands Of Injuries Last Year. Don't Become A Statistic!

Every year thousands of people are injured using fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “More than half of the injuries during this time period were related to firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.”

 

Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. “Parents often don’t realize how dangerous something as simple as a sparkler can be,” explains Chief Russ Mason. “Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 1,200 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.”

It is illegal to use fireworks in the City of St. Peters. “Leave the fireworks to the professionals,” says Mason. “The safest thing families can do is go to see a professional fireworks show.”

“Think before you act. If something doesn’t seem like a good idea it probably isn’t,” says Mason. If you are involved in a fireworks accident call 9-1-1 immediately for help.

Fireworks By The Numbers
• 17,800 Estimated number of fires caused by fireworks in 2011
• 9,600 Estimated number of injuries caused by fireworks in 2011
• $32 million in direct property loss caused by fireworks
Sources: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)