Stay Safe: Firework Injuries in the US

In honor of July 4th festivities, we report statistics related firework-related injuries in the United States. Based on data released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), around 8,700 people were injured in 2012 by fireworks. The chart below shows that total injuries, which are counted using ER visits, has hovered around an average of 9,000 injuries per year.

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Although injuries haven’t declined substantially since the mid-nineties, fireworks have caused fewer injuries per pound of product. The chart below shows that injuries measured in this way have declined (with a slight bounce in 2009-12).

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These charts show firework injuries continue to be a concern.  This is especially true in relation to July 4th celebrations. According to the CPSC’s study, over 60% of 2012’s injuries occurred between mid-June and mid-July. We wish you a happy and safe Fourth!

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