As fireworks injuries rise among children, an occupational therapist explains how to avoid them

In 2022, 11 people in the U.S. died from fireworks injuries.

Fireworks injuries have been on the rise since 2006.

73% happen the week before and after July 4th.

According to Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,500 firework injuries landed people in the ER last year, a substantial 25% increase from 2006 to 2021.

Shriners Children’s Texas occupational therapist, Yesenia Jaramillo, said burns from fireworks are different than other flammable objects.

“It just kind of spreads,” Jaramillo said. “It can catch all at once. So, whereas if your sleeve were to catch on fire with a candle, the firework can be spread all over and then so it will take longer to put out.”

Shriners Children’s Texas said these burns can be prevented with simple tips:

  • Attend public fireworks displays instead of using your own
  • Always keep kids at a safe distance
  • Offer children glow sticks as an alternative to sparklers
  • Always have water or a fire extinguisher nearby when using fireworks
  • Never try to relight fireworks that are not functional

Jaramillo says to please remember these tips.

“Use fireworks with the utmost precaution. So making sure there’s an adult present... keeping them safely away from that at a really good distance... and buying fireworks that are certified,” Jaramillo said.