It’s that time of year again, firework stands are up in my neighborhood and it brought back childhood memories of summertime with my family. There is one family story in which my Grandmother almost lit her hair on fire, quite literally. Although it is a funny story now, we need to be reminded that fireworks are dangerous and should be treated seriously with full caution.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the majority of all fireworks-related injuries occur during the weeks prior to and after the Fourth of July holiday. In 2008, seven people died and an estimated 7,000 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States. Children under the age of 15 accounted for the majority of these incidents. This is not surprising when you consider that a sparkler, which most people consider to be safe, can burn at up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and a common, illegal, explosive, the M-80 has been responsible for the loss of fingers and hands. What an eye opener!
In addition to injuries to humans, an estimated 22,500 reported fires were started by fireworks in 2008, causing $42 million in property damage. This July 4th, consider leaving the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy an injury-free holiday.
What will you be doing this year for July 4th? Let us know below! I might watch the show on the Waterfront. KATU.com posted a great list on their website of fireworks shows in and around Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Check them out here. If you choose to do your own fireworks, see our safety tips below.
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