LAREDO, TEXAS (Community Relations Unit) - The American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season, especially our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July.
However, fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured while using them. Although legal consumer fireworks that comply with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), regulations can be relatively safe, all fireworks are hazardous and can cause injury.
As per the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2013.
Also, there were eight reported fireworks-related deaths. However, reporting for 2013 may not be complete at this time. Emergency department-treated injuries are estimated at 11,400 for 2013.
There were an estimated 2,300 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers and 300 with bottle rockets.
Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for approximately 40 percent of the estimated 2013 injuries. More than half of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age.
The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (an estimated 36 percent); head, face, and ears (an estimated 22 percent); eyes (an estimated 16 percent); and legs (an estimated 14 percent).
The City of Laredo Community Relations Unit is respectfully requesting that this important safety message be conveyed to our community.