Every year, thousands of people across the country look forward to commemorating Independence Day with a cookout followed by huge fireworks display. Unfortunately these home grown celebrations often lead to injuries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) one in four children who suffered firework-related injuries were bystanders in backyard fireworks displays. Burns are the most common wound, followed by blindness.
While a favorite among parents and young children, sparklers are actually one of the leading causes of fireworks-related injuries. Many people think they’re are a safe alternative to explosive-based displays, but sparklers can reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, more than enough to catch clothing on fire.
You can reduce the injury risk to both you and any nearby children by following all proper safety precautions, but the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at an organized, public display produced by trained professionals.