Legal fireworks are dangerous, agencies warn

June 24, 2010

Celebrating Independence Day often includes shooting off celebratory fireworks, but a number of agencies have issued warnings on the dangers of these explosives.

The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks -- a joint effort of the National Fire Protection Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics -- released a video warning people that no fireworks are safe.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 92 percent of fireworks injuries involve fireworks that are legal for consumers to use.

In 2008, seven people were killed and an additional 7,000 were injured by fireworks. Every year, approximately 30,100 fireworks-related fires occur.

USFA offers the following fireworks safety tips:

  • Do not use fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays lit by professionals.
  • Never allow children to play with fireworks. Sparklers can reach 1,800° F.
  • Stay clear of people shooting fireworks, as they often backfire or shoot in the wrong direction. Never aim a firework at someone.
  • Do not allow children to pick up fireworks after a show. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.