Firework Dangers for Families and Children

Captain Bob Johnson, Amarillo Fire Department
Captain Bob Johnson, Amarillo Fire Department

Thousands of injuries occur every year because of accidents caused by fireworks.

Even though there's precaution and warning signs everywhere, there's a very high risk when handling even amateur fireworks.

"Fireworks are inherently dangerous. They're either explosive or they have very high temperatures associated with them," said Captain Bob Johnson with the Amarillo Fire Department.

We made a pair of mock hands out of meat to show how nearly 10 thousand people are injured every year because of fire works.

And 90 percent of those injuries are to the head or extremities.

"The bad thing about that statistics is, kids age five to 14 are about two and a half times more likely to get a fireworks injury than adults are," said Capt. Johnson.

We fired a roman candle into this shirt to show you how dangerous fireworks around clothes could be.

Especially when other fireworks can burn twice as hot as a standard lighter.

"Sparklers burn about 1200 degrees. And most people wouldn't think anything about giving kids sparklers in the backyard if they trip and fall is it going to light there clothes on fire, probably," said Capt. Johnson.

Doctors say they see a significant influx of patients during this holiday season.

"A lot of those injuries are to the eye's too," said Capt. Johnson.

"As many as 40 Americans lose vision in one or both eyes from firework injuries which is a huge number of people," said Dr. Tracy Crnic, a Pediatric Opthalmologist with the Panhandle Eye Group.

The Amarillo Fire Department says to make sure you're not breaking the law bringing fireworks into city limits, and to keep your family safe, you're better off leaving the fireworks to the professionals.