ANSWER QUESTION #1
FALSE - While most fireworks injuries do occur during
July, many injuries also happen during Labor Day, New Year’s Eve and Christmas.
ANSWER QUESTION #2
FALSE - Sparklers are the second highest cause of firework
injuries that require hospitalization. Most of these injuries occur among
pre-school aged children. Sparklers are dangerous because they burn at a
temperature hot enough to melt gold (1,800 degrees F!)
ANSWER QUESTION #3
TRUE - Most fireworks contain gunpowder which causes these devices to explode. Class C Fireworks (e.g. firecrackers) are legal in many states and contain up to 50mg. of gunpowder. Anything higher and fireworks may be compared to an explosive bomb.
ANSWER QUESTION #4
FALSE - Because fireworks are unpredictable, injuries can occur even if the person is careful or under supervision. The best way to avoid injury is not to use fireworks.
ANSWER QUESTION #5
FALSE - When it comes to fireworks, no one is safe! The prevent blindness organization estimates that nearly 40% of firework injuries are to bystanders.
ANSWER QUESTION #6
TRUE- Men and boys are the most frequent users of fireworks. That’s why four out of every five fireworks injuries happen to males. Men between the ages of 22-24 and boys ages 12-14 are the most common victims.
ANSWER QUESTION #7
FALSE - Homemade fireworks are often more hazardous. Those who make their own fireworks tend to combine the chemicals from other devices to create a bigger-more dangerous-explosion.
ANSWER QUESTION #8
FALSE - The cost of treating a fireworks injury far outweighs the cost of a single firework’s package, which is $2.00. The average hospital emergency room charges approximately $80 or more for one visit. This price does not include the cost families must pay for possible permanent injury, physical therapy, or blindness.
ANSWER QUESTION #9
FALSE - Bottle rockets are among the most dangerous fireworks available today. They account for the majority of all firework injuries that lead to permanent eye damage. Bottle rockets can move as fast as 200 miles per hour, explode in midair, and fly in any direction.