Fireworks Data and Statistics
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The following data and statistics show how important it is to practice
safety first when setting off fireworks. In the United States, fireworks statistics show:
- In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires,
including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside
and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian
injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no reported
Fire Analysis and Research, Fireworks Factsheet
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In 2011, according to the
National Fire Protection Association, 9,600 fireworks-related
injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.
One-quarter (26%) of the victims of
fireworks injuries were under age 15.
Males accounted for two-thirds (68%) of
3 out of 5 (61%) fireworks injuries in 2011
were to extremities – hand or finger (46%), leg (11%), and arm,
shoulder, or wrist (4%). Most of the rest (34% of total) were to parts
of the head, including the eye (17% of total).
8 out of 9 (89%) emergency room fireworks
injuries involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to
use. Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for one-third
(34%) of emergency room fireworks injuries.
In 2011, an estimated 17,800 reported fires
were started by fireworks. These fires resulted in an estimated 40
civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no
reported fire deaths.
Fireworks by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013 (PDF,
During 2007-2011, 91% of the average of
19,700 fires associated with fireworks per year occurred outside any
structure or vehicle. The largest numbers of these outdoor fires
associated with fireworks involved grass fires (6,800 per year), brush
fires (4,500), dumpster fires (1,700), unclassified or unknown-type
natural or vegetation fires (1,300) and other outside trash, rubbish, or
waste fires (1,200).
In 2007-2011, four people per year were
killed in fires started by fireworks, while data from death certificates
show that five people per year were killed directly by fireworks. These
estimates may overlap, because fireworks can directly kill someone while
also starting a fatal fire.
Using 2000-2010 data, the risk of fire death
relative to hours of usage is higher for fireworks than for cigarettes.
On Independence Day in a typical year,
fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than
any other cause of fire.
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September 19, 2013