If any month screams summer, it’s July: amusement parks, baseball, beaches, outdoor concerts, parades, picnics — and along with July 4th celebrations, fireworks.
Fireworks light up the sky with a spectacular view. But these figures should give you pause: The most recent figures from the Consumer Product Safety Commission say that U.S. emergency rooms saw almost 13,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2017. Children younger than 15 years old accounted for 36 percent of those injuries. Fireworks also start roughly 18,500 fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And before you think sparklers are safe (they can burn as hot as 2,000 degrees to melt some metals), fireworks burns, in general, were the most common injury to arms, fingers, and hands. Continue reading