Fireworks are a staple of the 4th of July festivities for most Americans. They are inherently dangerous on their own, but when mixed with alcohol or when handled by children the dangers greatly increase. According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), almost 12,000 people were taken to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries in 2018. The majority of these injuries are sustained around the 4th of July holiday weekend.
The hands and fingers are the most often injured body parts resulting from fireworks, but injury can occur to any part of the body. Hand safety is constantly preached at most workplaces not only because of the sheer number of injuries that occur to the hands, but also the long term effects these types of injuries can have on your life. Because of this fact, hand safety should also be a focus point at home. While injuries from fireworks are often just burns that will heal with time, many individuals experience completely losing their hand or fingers. It is important to consider how losing even just one finger will affect your life at home as well as your ability to work. If you choose to use fireworks, it is important to handle them safely.