As we head into July, the National Fire Protection Assoc (NFPA) reminds to attend public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals. There is no safe way to use consumer fireworks. In 2013, over 11,000 injuries resulted from consumer use.
In a typical year on the 4th of July, fireworks account for 2 out of 5 of all US fires, more than any other cause. Equally alarming, most fireworks injuries occur without a fire starting. More than half of fireworks injuries are to extremities, and most of us need our hands and feet, and as much as 16% are to eyes.
"Even sparklers, which are often thought of as harmless enough for children to hold," warns NFPA, "burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause significant injuries." In July 2012, sparklers alone accounted for 2 out of 5 fireworks related ER visits.
We urge everyone to leave fireworks to the professionals. Stay safe and let someone else do the work while you relax and watch one of the spectacular displays happening around the cities.