Firework-Related Injuries Major Concern for Hoosiers

Last Updated on June 25, 2016 by cassnetwork

Each year, more firework-related injuries are reported on Independence Day than any other day. In 2015, 47 percent (85 cases) of the total number of reported cases occurred on Independence Day.

“Having more knowledge on fireworks safety and taking smart precautions when handling fireworks can lead to safer celebrations,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “Fireworks make the holiday exciting, but Hoosiers need to remain vigilant about firework safety.”

Last year, 181 firework-related injuries were reported to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the highest number of firework-related injuries since 2006. According to media reports, two Indiana residents died in 2015 due to firework-related injuries.

Here are some firework-related injury statistics from ISDH:

  • More than one-third of all reported firework-related injuries involved individuals 18 years of age and younger.
  • The average age of all injured persons was 24.5 years old; ages ranged from 1 to 78.
  • Hand and/or finger injuries accounted for 43 percent of firework-related injuries.
  • Firecrackers, rockets and aerial devices accounted for 47 percent of injuries.
  • Malfunctioning or mishandling of fireworks accounted for 58 percent of reported cases.

Greeson said children should never be allowed to handle, play with or light any types of fireworks. He also suggested that glow sticks are a safer alternative to traditional sparklers, especially for younger children. Sparklers can burn at about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt glass.

Here are some more fireworks safety tips:

  • Use a clear, open area and keep the audience at a safe distance from the shooting site.
  • Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks or fireworks device.
  • Only light one firework at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby.
  • Never smoke or consume alcohol when lighting fireworks.
  • Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.

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SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Homeland Security