||Dr. Jon Mark Hirshon, emergency physician and associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Emergency departments in the United States treat nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries each year, more than half of which occur among children under 15. Nine out of 10 fireworks injuries treated in hospital emergency departments typically involve fireworks that federal regulations permit consumers to use. Burns are the most frequent injuries, with hands and eyes being the most common parts of the body injured.
If fireworks are legal in your community, ACEP strongly suggests you do not use fireworks at your home. If you do use fireworks, however, these do’s and don’ts will help make it a safer experience.
- Buy fireworks from reputable dealers.
- Read warning labels and follow all instructions.
- Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher on hand.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Dispose of all fireworks properly
- Give any fireworks, including sparklers, to small children; older children should be supervised by an adult.
- Light fireworks indoors or near other objects.
- Wear loose clothing while using any fireworks.
- Set off fireworks in glass or metal containers; the fragments can cause severe injury.
- Try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.