Fireworks by the Numbers: The Consumer Product Safety Commission Report
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) issued its 2022 fireworks annual report just in time for this year’s extended Fourth of July holiday weekend. Here are a few takeaways from the new report:
• Fireworks were involved with an estimated 10,200 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2022.
• There is a statistically significant trend in estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries from 2007 through 2022. This trend estimates an increase of 535 fireworks injuries per year.
• An estimated 7,400 fireworks-related injuries (or 73 percent of the total estimated fireworks-related injuries in 2022) were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 1-month special study period between June 17, 2022, and July 17, 2022.
• Adults 25 to 44 years of age experienced about 36 percent of the estimated injuries, and children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 28 percent of the estimated injuries.
• Victims 15 to 19 years of age had the highest estimated rate of emergency department treated, fireworks-related injuries (6.0 injuries per 100,000 people). Children, 10 to 14 years of age, had the second highest estimated rate.
• The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (an estimated 29 percent); head, face, and ears (an estimated 19 percent); legs (an estimated 19 percent); eyes (an estimated 16 percent); trunk/other regions (an estimated 12 percent); and arms (an estimated 5 percent).
• Find out more fireworks safety at https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks.