In 2014, 35% of the patients seen in emergency rooms June 20t to July 20, 2014 were under age 15; 9% were under five.
It's easy enough to avoid these injuries though, especially if you just keep the fireworks away from kids and drunk people. Manufacturing or selling illegal fireworks is a more serious offense - a Class C felony bringing a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 10 years in prison.
"Every year, safety is our first priority as families begin to plan their Fourth of July festivities".
Legally speaking, that includes firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets, skyrockets, torpedoes, pinwheels and whirligigs, according to Charlottesville city code. It's likely most, if not all, were preventable.
Fire Chief Walt White of the Sacramento Fire Department urged people to use fireworks the way they were intended, ensure that children and teenagers have adult supervision and properly discard fireworks in non-combustible bins. "We have to remember that it's not something that should be in a child's hand". Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.
A host of other public events are planned for Monday as well. "Unfortunately, that's not usually what happens". He said there are 40 certified fireworks stands out in the city. Keep children from running while using sparklers. If you have a dud that doesn't light, don't try to relight it.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
Do not buy fireworks in brown-paper packaging as they may be for professional use only.
The injuries also result from how one uses fireworks.
Only light one firework at a time, then move away.
The majority of firework-related accidents in 2016 involved misuse or malfunction. "You don't make the best decisions when you are lighting explosives when you are intoxicated".
The reason? Washington County Fair Boad Vice President Curt Welch said they just simply did not have the money. The latest report, based on 2015 statistics, shows almost half of the injuries affected individuals under age 20, and young adults between 15 and 19 were at greatest risk of injuries treated in emergency rooms. Second-degree burns were the leading type of injury.
"You don't really actually know where it's going".
It's the Fourth of July, and communities across Southern California will be celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago with festivals, carnivals, live music and, of course, fireworks.