Of the 8,700 people treated for firework-related injuries in 2012, 5,200, or 60% of them, occurred during the one-month period surrounding the Fourth of July holiday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Fireworks Annual Report released June 27 showed.
Children and young adults under 20 years old comprised 46% of the total injuries, while 30% were under the age of 15. Receiving the most injury in the body were the hands and fingers (41%), while the head, face, and ears received 19% of the injuries, legs 13%, and eyes 12%.
Dr. Gary Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance said one-quarter of firework-related injuries affecting children happen to bystander children, meaning those children who were not using the fireworks themselves.
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