Independence Day is certainly something to celebrate — however, sometimes the celebration can sour when do-it-yourself fireworks displays go wrong. Each Fourth of July, over 9,000 people are injured by fireworks with almost half of these injuries occurring in those under the age of 20 due to misuse. Similarly, nearly 41 percent of these injuries occur to the hands of those on the wrong end of a fireworks mishap. From burns to fractures and sprains, these injuries span the gamut, turning “oooh’s and ahhh’s” into “ow’s and oh-no’s.”
This Fourth of July, arm yourself with the facts. Don’t let yourself or a loved one become a fireworks safety statistic. UPMC Trauma Services has teamed with UPMC Mercy Burn Center to create an infographic that outlines common fireworks-related injuries, statistics, and facts — as well as safe fireworks alternatives to keep the 4th festive … and prevent a holiday trip to the hospital.