The AAP noted that children and teens are among the thousands of people who are injured from fireworks every year, and that fireworks have sparked wildfires and fires to structures and homes.
“We know that sales of fireworks increased in 2020, as did injuries, so parents and caregivers need to be vigilant this 4th of July, and leave any fireworks to the professionals,” James Dodington, MD, CPST, FAAP, an assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine and executive committee member on the AAP’s Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, said in a press release.
Approximately 15,600 people were treated in hospital EDs for firework injuries in 2020 — including around 3,800 children and adolescents — and at least 18 people died from their injuries, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that were cited by the AAP.
The most common injuries were burns and wounds to the hand and fingers, occurring in 30% of cases, according to the data. Other injuries included burns or wounds to the head, face and ears (22%); eyes (15%); legs (13%); or arms (12%).
The AAP offered the following tips for a safer holiday: