Independence Day Sparks Concern


A typical Fourth of July is filled with neighborhood celebration, barbecues and fireworks, but according to a recent report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires occur on Independence Day than any other day of the year.

In 2005, fire departments responded to an estimated 1,800 total structure fires and 700 vehicle fires caused by fireworks. The fires resulted in an estimated 60 civilian injuries and $39 million in direct property damage.

In 2006, 9,200 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, according to the report. The trend in fireworks-related injuries has been mostly up since 1996, with spikes in 2000-2001, primarily due to celebrations around the advent of a new millennium. The highest injury rates were for children aged 10 to 14.

For tips and other resources for a safe Fourth of July, visit NFPA’s Web site. To view NFPA’s full “Fireworks” report, click here.

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