Increased Fireworks Injuries During Holidays
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, an Emergency Medical Physician and assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine, claims that there is an increase in sparkler- and firework-connected injuries every year around the holidays.
According to researchers, the heightened risk of injuries is partially to blame on the increased purchasing of fireworks and sparklers around the Fourth of July holiday, as well as the fact that children have greater access and adults have greater instance of handling fireworks while slightly intoxicated.
Dangers of Fireworks
Research commissioned by the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO) illuminates us to the specific dangers of fireworks, of which can heat up to intensely to around 2,000-degrees Fahrenheit.
Sadly, the AAO indicates that child injuries make up approximately 40-percent of fireworks-related incidents from a variety of dangers—including burns from rogue sparks, eye damage, and burns from handling lit sticks.
Dangers of Sparklers
The AAO indicates that sparklers are the leading culprit of firework-related injuries—and again, almost half of those hurt are children.
Unfortunately, the children hurt aren’t always handling the sparklers—many are simply innocent bystanders watching other children play with lit sparklers. This shows how easily a burn or spark can injure a child when sparklers are not lit and enjoyed at a safe distance from others.