Pop Quiz: Facts and Stats about Firework-Related Injuries

Pop Quiz:  Facts and Stats about Firework-Related Injuries

Thinking about shooting off fireworks this upcoming Fourth of July? Make sure to test your knowledge on some facts and stats about injuries related to fireworks before setting any off this Holiday. It’s always best to have more knowledge about a product before operating it. There are a few states that have regulations put in place to add extra safety precautions for all involved.

What is the average number of deaths due to fireworks in the U.S., as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) between 2001 and 2016?
2.5
3.3
5.7
7.1
None of the Above

How many fireworks-related injuries were treated at emergency rooms in 2016, as estimated and reported by the CPSC?
6,500
9,200
11,100
13,300

True or False? The time frame with the greatest number of fireworks-related injuries was from the middle of June to the middle of July?

How many fireworks-related injuries were reported during the time frame with the highest amount of injuries?
9,700
7,600
4,200
3,100
None of the Above

Fill-In-the-Blank: Males are more likely than females to sustain fireworks-related injuries, with males accounting for ________ percent of fireworks-related injuries, and females accounting for ________ percent.
61 percent; 39 percent
55 percent; 45 percent
51 percent; 49 percent
43 percent; 57 percent

True or False? According to CPSC data, 39 percent of the fireworks-related injuries treated at emergency departments were individuals younger than 20 years old.

Which age group sustained the highest amount of fireworks-related injuries?
Children younger than 5 years of age
Children 5 years old to 15 years old
Adults age 20 to 24
Adults age 55 to 65

Of firecrackers (both legal and illegal), bottle rockets, and sparklers, which generated the most emergency room injuries during the 1-month period with the highest rate of fireworks-related injuries?
Firecrackers
Bottle rockets
Sparklers
Roman candles

Which part of the body is most commonly injured by fireworks?
Arms and legs
Eyes
Head, face, and ears
Hands and fingers

Which type of injury is most commonly caused by fireworks, accounting for 69 percent of fireworks-related injuries treated at emergency departments?
Contusions
Burns
Lacerations
Foreign bodies
Sprains

Resources:
Information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2016 Fireworks Annual Report.

ANSWERS:
D. 7.1. There are approximately 7.1 deaths every year from fireworks.
C. 11,100. There were 11,100 injuries treated in emergency departments in 2016 caused by fireworks.
True. In the CPSC’s study, the most fireworks-related injuries in 2016 occured from June 18, 2016 to July 18, 2016.
B. 7,600. In the CPSC’s study, 68 percent of all the fireworks-related injuries in 2016 happened from the June 18 to July 18 timeframe.
A. 61 percent; 39 percent. Males account for 61 percent and females account for 39 percent of all fireworks-related injuries.
True. 39 percent of the fireworks-related injuries were sustained by those 20 years old and younger.
C. Adults age 20 to 24. The ‘20-24 age group’ had the highest rate of fireworks-related injuries, with the ‘children younger than 5 years of age’ group having the second highest rate of injury.
A. Firecrackers. Both legal and illegal firecrackers caused the most injuries.
D. Hands and fingers. The CPSC estimated that 33 percent of fireworks-related injuries were to hands and fingers; 20 percent were to head, face, and ears; 18 percent to legs; 9 percent to eyes; and 8 percent to arms.
B. Burns. Burns were the most common fireworks-related injuries, except in fireworks-related injuries to the eyes, which were most commonly contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies.