In 2021, there were approximately 11,500 emergency room-treated injuries involving fireworks, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, including 1,500 injuries associated with firecrackers and another 1,100 injuries involving sparklers.
Most of those injuries happen in the weeks leading up to and after the Fourth of July. Hands and fingers were the body parts most often injured by fireworks, followed by the head, face and ears.
Young adults ages 20 to 24 were the most likely to be injured by fireworks.
Those stats are reflected in the patients who present at Tidelands Health emergency departments, Kobylarz says.
“In recent years, we’ve had some hand burns and some people who have complained of ringing ears from being too close to fireworks,“ Kobylarz says, “but we haven’t seen any serious limb injuries or anything life-threatening, fortunately.”