Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Stay Safe this Fourth

Nearly half of all firework-related hospital visits occur between July 2 and July 8

Nearly three-quarters of all firework-related hospital visits occurred among males of all ages


July 1, 2016 – As Fourth of July celebrations begin this weekend, the Health Department reminds all New Yorkers about the dangers of fireworks and how to enjoy the holiday safely. Firework injures can be serious and can cause burns, broken bones, or blindness. Between 2006 and 2014, there were 185 total firework-related injuries that were treated at New York City hospitals – approximately 21 per year. 138 of these injuries were treated and released from emergency departments, while 47 injuries were hospitalized for a longer period of time.  

“While we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with our friends and family, it’s important to keep in mind that fireworks are best handled by professionals and can potentially cause serious injuries,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett.  “These injuries are preventable, and I urge parents to speak to their children about the dangers and risks involved with fireworks.”

Between 2006 and 2014, three out of ten firework-related hospital visits occurred among those aged 15 to 24.  Among the injuries in this age group, 79 percent were male. Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of all firework-related hospital visits occurred among males of all ages. More than half of all firework-related hospital visits were among Bronx and Brooklyn residents (26 percent and 29 percent, respectively). Nearly half (45 percent) of all firework-related hospital visits occurred between July 2 and July 8. Burns were the most frequent type of firework-related injury (50 percent).  

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