As we approach the 4th of July, we all get excited to celebrate our freedom by blowing things up. As a safety professional (who has blown things up in the past) I urge parents, drunk uncles and others to first look critically at the impact these actions may have on the world around you.
According to NFPA, each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the obvious inherent dangers of fireworks, few people understand the risks and the potential impacts that can occur when things go wrong, such as devastating burns, forest fires, house fires, and even death. Some numbers provided by NFPA: