Even Where They're Legal, Leave Fireworks to the Pros

July 4 is a glorious American celebration. Unfortunately, it’s also by far the day of the year that produces the most US fires. Fireworks account for two out of five of those fires—an average of 19,700 fires every year.

Apart from fires they may start, fireworks themselves can cause serious injuries: between 8,500 and 9,800 injuries annually.

iStock_FireworksIn this video a family gives their first-hand account of a consumer fireworks incident and the impact it continues to have on their lives

The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, a group of health and safety organizations coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.

“When things go wrong with fireworks, they typically go very wrong very fast, far faster than any fire protection can reliably respond,” states the NFPA Fire Analysis and Research report Fireworks. Children and fireworks are an especially dangerous combination:  “Children can move too fast and be badly hurt too quickly if they are close to fireworks, as they inevitably are at home fireworks displays.”

What about sparklers?