Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Leave Fireworks to the Experts

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

Most firework-related hospital visits were among men

July 3, 2018 — Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and the Health Department reminds New Yorkers about the serious risks and dangers of fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries and should be handled by professionals.

“While the Fourth of July holiday is a time of fun with family and friends, it’s important to know that fireworks can cause serious injuries,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. These injuries are preventable and we encourage parents to speak to their children about the dangers of playing with fireworks. The Health Department wants all New Yorkers to have an enjoyable, but most importantly safe holiday.”

Between 2016 and 2017, there were 55 firework-related emergency department visits, including two hospitalizations, in New York City. Three-quarters of these visits were among men. More than 65 percent of firework-related hospital visits were among Brooklyn and Staten Island residents. Fifty percent of all firework-related hospital visits occurred between July 2 and July 8.

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