Legal Use Of Fireworks In Florida And Common Firework Injuries
In the state of Florida, fireworks can legally be used by residents but only on three days each year. A bill signed in 2020 declares that fireworks may be set off on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day, the fourth of July. Perhaps that is why firework sales have not been skyrocketing in Florida like in other states since the pandemic started.
Firework Sales in Florida
The firework industry has more than doubled over a ten-year comparison. Sales of fireworks in the US have reached more than $2 billion. A recent report shows the amount that was spent in each state per resident. Top spending states like Missouri saw more than $13 per resident in sales. The national average was around $2 per resident; in Florida, the average spent per resident was just $0.67.
Common Injuries Due to Fireworks
If you participate in fireworks festivities, it is important to be safe and take the proper precautions. You may have guessed that burns are the number one injury suffered and most often occur on these parts of the body.
- Hands and fingers- 31%
- Head, face, and ears- 22%
- Eyes- 15%
- Legs- 13%
- Arms- 12%
Other common injuries due to fireworks can include:
- Blunt force trauma
- Ear trauma or damaged ear drums
Deaths associated with fireworks have reportedly been increasing with fireworks sales. Though the deaths were firework related, the actual causes of death have included:
- Severe burns over a large area
- Excessive blood loss
- Blunt force trauma from the impact of the explosion
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