Four people, including two children, suffered serious injuries while playing with fireworks during the July Fourth weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada (NV). If that wasn’t bad enough, a man died due to the injuries he sustained from a fireworks accident. The man was in his 20s and suffered the injury while lighting fireworks in the street, according to rgj.com.
In a separate incident, a man and a woman suffered leg burns when they lit fireworks in their backyard. The two children were hurt in separate accidents.
In 2008, roughly 7,000 people (which breaks down to an average of more than 19 people every day) suffered injuries in fireworks accidents. More than half of the people hurt were children. The body parts most often injured were hands and fingers (1,400 injuries), eyes (1,000 injuries), and legs (900 injuries), according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
You might be asking, “What kinds of fireworks caused these serious injuries?” Well, firecrackers and sparklers were the culprits of most injuries. There were 900 fireworks injuries associated with firecrackers and 800 associated with sparklers.
Fireworks don’t just lead to injuries, but also property damage. In fact, an estimated $42 million worth of property is damaged in fireworks-related accidents, according to the CDC.
In order to avoid becoming a victim of a fireworks accident, read the instructions on the firecracker, sparkler, bottle rocket, or other device very carefully. Wear gloves and protective eyewear when igniting the fireworks. This will help decrease your risk of serious burns and eye damage in case something goes wrong. But the most important thing is to not let untrained, inexperienced teenagers and young adults handle fireworks haphazardly. Alert them to the importance of handling fireworks responsibly and carefully. If they don’t, the chances of suffering a serious injury and becoming another July Fourth statistic dramatically increases.