PIO Number: 21-6-19 Date: June 30, 2021
Fireworks are fun and thrilling, but they can also be a real danger. Their explosive force can potentially cause a devastating and disfiguring injury. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Assistant District Chief Lori Hastings joined Sheriff Gregory Tony on Shop Talk with the Sheriff to discuss the leading causes of fireworks injuries and essential ways to have a safe holiday celebration.
In 2019, an estimated 10,000 people were treated for injuries related to fireworks across the country. Assistant Chief Hastings said Broward County usually sees a significant increase in calls related to fireworks during the months of June and July. Injuries can come from fireworks, as well as sparklers and other novelty items.
“The biggest drawback with sparklers is that they are given to small children, and they don’t realize that they burn at 1,200 degrees,” Assistant Chief Hastings said. “So the opportunity for burns with small children once they have finished the sparkle part….they are still an extremely hot stick. The inclination to grab that and toss it is where the burns come in - having that hot stick touch a body part, a hand, leg or foot.”
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