Injury and fires are the two main dangers of using fireworks. Remind yourself of this short list of fireworks facts before your next show—so you’re more motivated to be careful.
- In 2017, about one-third of estimated injuries happened to children under age 15, and the most frequently injured population was children age 10–14.
- The most common injuries in 2017 were hand injuries—the same as four years earlier.
- Also in 2017, 67% of estimated fireworks injuries happened between June 16 and July 16. Around the same month in 2016, 230 people every day got emergency medical attention for fireworks injuries.
- Fireworks start about 18,500 fires annually, and the property damage totals about $43 million.
- About 2 in 5 fireworks-related fires each year happen on July 4th.
Encouraging Safety Statistics
- Between 2002 and 2017, Americans used 64.3 million more pounds of fireworks, but injuries treated by emergency departments over that period stayed fairly stable.
- Fireworks injuries represent just a small number of injuries nationally—baseball injuries, for example, are about ten times more common.
- Only 4 in every 100,000 Americans are injured by fireworks each year. But remember, that number includes people who don’t use fireworks at all, so your odds are higher if you use them.