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Many Americans are looking forward to celebrating July 4th Along with family and friends, fireworks injuries increased by 25% in the United States between 2006 and 2021, according to a new US Consumer Product Safety Commission report (CPSC) that reviewed fireworks injuries last year.
“It is imperative that consumers be aware of the risks associated with using fireworks, which can prevent injuries and tragedy. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to look at a professional display,” CPSC said. Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric said in a press release of the report.
“CPSC’s Compliance and Field Operations Office continues to work closely with other federal agencies to prevent the sale of illegal handheld fireworks.”
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About 11,500 people Emergency room for injuries According to the report, related to the 2021 fireworks, many public exhibits were reduced from 15,600 emergency room injuries in 2020, the first year of the canceled COVID-19 pandemic.
74% of fireworks-related injuries in 2021 occurred in the weeks before and after July 4, last year, with the highest rate of emergency outpatient visits in the 20-24 year old group.
The hands and fingers are the most common parts of the body injured, followed by the head, face and ears in 2021. Approximately 34% of injuries occurred in the arms, legs, or trunk.
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According to the report, about one-third of fireworks-related injuries treated in the emergency department in 2021 were due to burns, but an estimated 31% of fireworks selected and tested contained non-compliant components. Was there.
And the University of Michigan National Poll reminds me of that. Children also need to be aware of the safety of fireworks..
“For many families, launching fireworks is a favorite summer tradition, but fireworks are unpredictable. It is imperative that parents keep their children away from where they launch fireworks,” said a recent co-director at the University of Michigan. Sarah Clark said. Health CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
“Our polls show that some parents may need to be more diligent in order to minimize these risks and ensure a safe environment that protects their children from fireworks injuries. I suggest. ”
More than half of poll parents reported that in the last two years, someone in their family or their neighbors had launched fireworks.
However, polls report that only one in five children was sitting at least 100 feet away from where the aerial fireworks were being launched.
“Parents are of different ages at which their children can participate in launching fireworks,” Clark said in a press release.
“But parents need to make sure their children are of the right age and maturity and understand the associated risks and the importance of carefully following all safety rules. Children do these things. If you are not ready to do it, there is a risk of burns, eye injuries and other accidents. Increased. ”
Parents often consider sparklers to be a safer alternative to their children, but CPSC reports that there were 1,100 emergency department-related injuries from sparklers in 2021.
Sparklers can burn above 1,000 degrees Celsius and can be seriously injured if not handled properly, Clark said.
“Children need to have a sparkler at arm length from their eyes, hair and clothes. Much of the fun of sparklers is spinning and swinging them around. Paul Report said.
“Parents may believe that sparklers are a safe way for young children to enjoy summer celebrations, but they reach high enough temperatures to burn some metal. It’s a handheld firework that you can do, “Clark said in a press release.
“Sparklers are only safe if parents implement all safety measures and their children follow them.”
Here are some others Fireworks safety tips From the press release:
- Buy only legitimate fireworks with consumer labels.
- Use eye protection when launching fireworks.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from where the fireworks will be launched.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Do not point or throw fireworks or sparklers at others.
- Have a bucket of water or a hose ready in case of an emergency.
- After use, put the sparkler in the water in the bucket.
- Make sure the kids wear shoes around the fireworks.
“Be prepared for first aid. For minor burns, place a towel soaked in cold water on the area for about 5 minutes. Then cover with a clean bandage and give the child acetaminophen. It reduces pain and swelling, “says Release.
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“In the case of a major burn, or if the burn contains eyes, take the child to the emergency room immediately.”