The majority of fireworks-related injuries are treated and released from the ER. Burns are the most common injury to all parts of the body, except the eyes (where contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eyes occurred more frequently). The parts of the body most often injured by fireworks are hands and fingers (46 percent); eyes (17 percent); head, face, and ears (17 percent); and legs (11 percent).
In 2012, U.S. emergency departments treated over 8,700 patients with fireworks-related injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Kids ages five to 14 are twice as likely to be injured by them as the general population. Shorter limbs and slower reaction times mean that children cannot put the needed distance between the explosive objects and their bodies. It's especially important to watch children around fireworks.