Independence Day in the U.S. is a day that is historically celebrated with parties, barbecued food, and, of course, fireworks. Every year millions of Americans gather to watch, and even curate, often fantastical firework displays with their friends and families. Some shows are often met with wide-eyed awe and fascination – as well as the occasional howl of discontent from the family dog. However, a recent article published in Forbes proves that our pets aren’t the only ones experiencing the downside of this holiday.
In 2016 a total of 1,300 hospitalizations resulted from firework related injuries, and four of those people died. A study in the Journal of Surgical Research notes that teenage boys and young men make up the largest percentage of injuries, and injuries to the hand, wrist, or finger are the most commonly affected areas of the body. And while December and January have significantly above-average numbers of firework-related hospital visits, no other month compares to the month of July, which saw a total of 15,554 accidents between 2006 and 2010.