Fireworks safety for New Years Eve celebrations

In 2021 alone, nine people died and 11,500 people were taken to the emergency room related to firework injuries.

Austin, Texas – The attached video was published on July 4, 2020.

That Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) is urging Central Texans to stay safe with firecrackers this New Year’s Eve.

In a tweet sent out by ATCEMS on the morning of December 31, the agency explained that over the past 15 years, from 2006 to 2021, there had been an increase in the number of people injured by fireworks. The statistics quoted from a report created by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) points out that over a 15-year period, the number of injuries caused by fireworks has increased by 25%.

In 2021 alone, nine people died and 11,500 people were taken to the emergency room related to firework injuries.

“Of the nine deaths, six were due to misuse, one mortar launch malfunctioned, and two were unknown,” ATCEMS said. “The 11,500 emergency room visits decreased from 15,600 in 2020 in the first year of COVID-19.”

ATCEMS also provided other statistics from the CPSC report detailing the ages and types of injuries people sustained during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. The highest rate of emergency department visits was from adults aged 20 to 24, and the most injured body parts were the hands and fingers, accounting for 31% of all injuries.

The second highest injury site was the head, face and ear region, accounting for 21% of all injuries. Of all emergency room visits, 32% were for burns of multiple sites.

In addition, fuse breaches, prohibited chemicals and pyrotechnic overloads were found in 31% of all fireworks. Pyrotechnic overloads are when fireworks shows get out of control.

Read more about fireworks safety and how to ring in the New Year safely here.

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Laura Coffey

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