4th of July injuries are increasing, not exactly the news we want heading into the holiday weekend but it’s a reminder to be careful & safe.
From 2012 to 2021, firework injuries increased by 32%. Teenagers aged 15 to 19 had the highest percentage of fireworks injuries (12.4%) in 2021. Despite this, 82% of parents with children under 18 say they think it’s okay for kids to play with fireworks. (A reminder that fireworks are 100% illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.)
Emergency room visits for grill injuries increased by 18% between 2012 and 2021. A total of 21% of emergency room visits for grill injuries occurred among children younger than 10 years old – the highest percentage among all age groups.
Heat Related Injuries
The number of heat-related deaths increased by 56% between 2018 and 2021. Older Americans and babies are most at risk for heat injury and death.
Swimming Related Injuries
Americans are at greater risk of drowning because of a lack of pool safety awareness. One in three Americans would not be comfortable saving someone struggling in the water, and 17% do not know how to swim.
Tips to Avoid July 4th Injuries
Below are a number of ways to keep you, your family, and your guests safe this 4th of July Weekend.