According to a new CPSC report of fireworks incidents in 2016, 11,100 consumers were injured and treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms and four died as a result of direct impact from fireworks.
Children younger than 5 had the second highest rate of injury behind young adults ages 20 to 24. Injuries associated with consumer fireworks were most often burns to the hands, face and head. Many of the fireworks injuries were a result of misuse or malfunction of fireworks.
The four fireworks-related deaths were associated with illegal or professional devices. Three of the four deaths involved reloadable aerial devices, and the fourth involved illegal home manufacturing.
For more information, visit our Fireworks Information Center.
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries. During National Safety Month, the Andrew County Health Department is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, swimming safety, fireworks safety, and slips, trips, and falls.
This project is/was funded in part by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Maternal and Child Health Services Contract #DH150006012 and is/was supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #B04MC28109, Maternal and Child Health Services for $9,095,311, of which $0 is from non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
The Andrew County Health Department is accepting applications for a Public Health Emergency Planner. This is a contracted position responsible for the planning, organization, and administration of emergency preparedness activities for the agency within the county and Region H. Requirements; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in public health, nursing, health care administration, biological, physical or environmental science, health and human services, epidemiology, personnel or business administration. Strong understanding of core public health functions, competencies, and essential services. Advanced knowledge of laws, regulations and policies relating to public health powers and duties, local government organizations, healthcare systems and community resources and their functions as related to public health preparedness and response, disease reporting and surveillance. Bids may be brought in to 106 North 5th Street or mailed to Andrew County Health Department, PO Box 271, Savannah, MO 64485 prior to 4:00 pm May 12, 2017. For additional information contact Andrew Hoffman, Administrator at 816-324-3139 from 7:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday.