Consumer Safety Report Finds Injuries, Deaths Related To Fireworks Increased During Pandemic – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – New national data shows significant increases in firework-related injuries and deaths during the pandemic.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s report says at least 18 people died in 2020, compared with 12 in 2019.
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About 15,600 people were treated in emergency rooms, up from 10,000 the year before.
“Many of the communities across the country had canceled their public fireworks shows, and it could be that consumers have taken their own celebrations into their backyards and into their own hands,” said Patty Davis of the CPSC. “Eight of these 18 deaths were from someone who had used alcohol or drugs. You have to be very careful when using fireworks, she said.
Most firework injuries occurred around the month of July 4 – June 21, 2020 through July 21, 2020, according to the CPSC. The report shows that fireworks caused the most drives to the emergency room, followed by sparklers.
Consumer Product Safety Commission safety tips:
- Never let children use fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never try to re-light or pick up a broken firework.
- When lighting the fuse, never place any part of the body directly over fireworks.
- Immediately move to a safe distance after lighting fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks and sparklers at anyone.
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
Michael Spencer wants everyone to know about the dangers of fireworks.
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“Leave the fireworks to the professionals,” he said.
At a barbecue evening in the garden in 2015, mortar-style fireworks changed his life in no time at all.
“I lost my little finger. I lost my ring finger, the tip of my middle finger, and my thumb from my left hand. On my right hand, I lost my index finger on the tip of my middle finger and damaged my thumb, ”Spencer said.
Spencer had 16 surgeries to rebuild his hands.
“It happened to me for a reason. So if this year we can prevent a person from getting hurt or losing their life, what I’ve been through is worth it, ”he said.
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He hopes others will understand the message.