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  1. Injuries Can Happen in a Flash
  2. Make Your July 4th Safe
  3. Summary of Fireworks Injuries In Illinois

Summary of Fireworks Injuries In Illinois

In June 1998 the Division of Fire Prevention requested data from 217 hospitals within the State to determine various facts about injuries associated with fireworks occurring during a four-week time period which included the July 4th holiday.

Note: Some of the information on the form was not filled out so the information given is not completely accurate. Over the year, there were several injuries caused by an unknown type of firework.

The number of responding hospitals is up from last year's (34%) to 88 respondents (41%). Of the 88 hospitals responding to our survey, 18 (20%) had no firework-related injuries during the time period of June 23 through July 20,1998.

There were 172 persons injured by fireworks this year. Injuries to males were 130 (76%) and to females were 39 (23%), but the unknown factor was 3 (1%).

Injuries affecting fingers were the largest number with (23%) this year.

Injuries associated with firecrackers were reported to cause the largest percentage of accidents with 34 (20%).

Burns were the leading type of injury (47%), with injuries to fingers as the most common.

Fireworks Injuries in Illinois 1998

Type of Firework Number of Fireworks Causing Injury Percent
Sparklers 18 10
Roman Candles 12 7
Bottle Rockets 22 13
M-80/M-60/M-100 22 13
Firecrackers 34 20
Jumping Jack 4 2
Smoke Bombs 8 5
Cone, Fountains 9 5
Fireworks Display 8 5
Other Fireworks 3 2
Unknown 24 14
Homemade 3 2
Dynamite 5 2

Table of Type of Injuries

Type of Injury Number of Injuries Percent
1st Degree Burns 44 18
2nd Degree Burns 63 26
3rd Degree Burns 7 3
Lacerations 46 19
Abrasions 42 18
Fracture 8 3
Loss of Sight 6 3
Dismemberment 9 4
Hearing Loss 7 3
Fatality 6 3
Other 0 0
Total 238 100
     
Sex Number of Injuries Percent
Male 130 76
Female 39 23
Unknown 3 1
Total 172 100

Table of Body Parts Injured

Body Parts Number of Injuries Percent
Hands 48 20
Fingers 58 23
Eyes 34 14
Legs 20 8
Arms 18 7
Torso 18 7
Feet 7 3
Neck 13 5
Head/Face 23 9
Ears 9 4
Unknown 1 0
Total 249 100

Action Taken

  Number of Injuries Percent
Treated and Released 131 76
Hospitalized Less Than 24 Hours 9 5
Hospitalized More Than 24 Hours 17 10
Unknown 15 9
Total 172 100

This document was last updated on June 9, 1999. 

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