Where to find Firework recalls and safety tips

Be Safe. That’s the message behind a new report on fireworks-related injuries.

While Americans everywhere are celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July with family, friends and fireworks, there has been an increase in the number of people injured over the past 15 years.

According to a new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2006 and 2021, injuries with fireworks climbed 25% in the U.S.

In 2021, at least nine people died and an estimated 11,500 were injured in incidents involving fireworks.

“It’s imperative that consumers know the risks involved in using fireworks, so injuries and tragedies can be prevented. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch the professional displays,” said CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric. In addition, he said, “CPSC’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations continues to work closely with other federal agencies to prevent the sale of illegal consumer fireworks.”

Of the nine U.S. deaths, the CPSC states six were associated with firework misuse, one death was associated with a mortar launch malfunction, and two incidents were associated with unknown circumstances.

You can read the new report on the upward trend in fireworks-related injuries below, or click here. Continue scrolling for safety tips and more.

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Tips to Celebrate Safely

CPSC urges consumers to celebrate safely this holiday by following these safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move quickly away from the fireworks device.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Firework Recalls

In the CPSC’s latest report, it found:

  • In 2021, approximately 31 percent of selected and tested fireworks products were found to contain non-compliant components, including fuse violations, the presence of prohibited chemicals and pyrotechnic materials overload.

The Safety Commission’s website doesn’t list any 2022 firework recalls at the time of this article. However, each state does have a list of fireworks that are not allowed. Be sure to check with your local authorities for other fireworks not allowed.

You can find an updated list of fireworks recalls here.

You can learn more about safety from the CPSC here and on the fireworks poster below.

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