With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, public safety professionals are gearing up for one of their busiest days of the year. Between cookouts, fire pits, and fireworks, it is no wonder there are more fires reported on Independence Day than any other day throughout the year.
The biggest culprit of these fires is often personal firework displays. Every year, people ranging in ages from toddlers to adults are hospitalized from improper use of fireworks with severe burns and other injuries that can even result in death. Civilians are not the only ones at risk. Often during these personal firework shows, nearby cars, homes, and other properties are damaged or destroyed. In previous years:
- Fireworks have caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires, causing 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
- Emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks-related injuries, 55% of these injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head.
However, it is easy to avoid these dangers by attending local firework displays hosted by professionals and monitored by highly trained safety personnel. This Independence Day, please take the safety of your families and friends into consideration while enjoying your holiday festivities!
National Fire Protection Association