The statistics tell the story: Be safe this Fourth of July and let the pros light up the sky.
Children and fireworks are an explosive combination. Of the 12,600 people treated for firework-related emergencies each year, more than half were kids. Boys between 10 and 14 are the most injured.
Adult supervision offers little protection. In a 22-year study at a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, doctors treated 316 firework injuries, and in more than half the cases, an adult was present.
Almost all the injuries were caused by legal Class C fireworks, such as bottle rockets, Roman candles, and sparklers. Class C fireworks are allowed under federal law and regulated by individual states.
The head was the most common injury site and burns were the most common injury.