Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Leave Fireworks to the Experts

Almost 70% of all firework-related emergency department visits occur between July 2 and July 8

July 3, 2019 — 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.

“The Health Department wants all New Yorkers to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, but please leave fireworks to the professionals,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “If you have children, make sure you speak to them about the dangers of fireworks as well. Fireworks can cause very serious injuries.”

Between 2017 and 2018, there were 38 firework-related emergency department visits, including four hospitalizations, in New York City. 60% of these visits were among men, and just over 20% occurred among teens and young adults between the ages of 15-24 years old. More than half of firework-related hospital visits were among Brooklyn and Staten Island residents. Almost 70% of all firework-related emergency department visits occurred between July 2 and July 8.

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