And that means injuries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 9,000-10,000 people go to the emergency room with fireworks injuries each year in the United States, with about two-thirds of those injuries afflicting bystanders.
It may surprise you to know that sparklers are among the most dangerous. The tips reach a temperature of almost 2,000 degrees, and since they’re often handed to kids, they are serious accidents waiting to happen.
Of course I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t emphasize the risks to sight and hearing. Eye protection is a really good idea, and so are earplugs, since a firecracker can emit 150 decibels — enough to blow out your eardrums.
Not trying to be a spoilsport here — I truly hope you have a wonderful weekend. Just be careful!