Firework injuries up, mostly for young men

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, during 2008-2012 there were a total of 183 cases of firework related injuries reported in the hospital emergency room data. ADHS collects hospital discharge records for inpatient and emergency department visits from all Arizona licensed hospitals.

Approximately 85 percent of these cases were to men. More than half of the injuries were reported among individuals less than 25 years of age. The median hospital emergency charge was $1,457 dollars per patient.

It is evident, according to ADHS, that there has been an increasing trend in the firework injury rates. However, the injury rate is less than one per 100,000 persons.

July and January months are peak months for firework related injuries.

The records are collected twice each year in accordance with on Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) § 36-125-05, and Arizona Administrative Code Title 9, Chapter 11, Articles 4 and 5. Approximately 3 million discharge records are collected annually.

Injury TypePercent#
2nd deg burn palm9.2917
2nd deg burn multiple finger4.929
2nd deg burn face NEC3.837
Open wound of finger3.837
2nd deg burn forearm3.286
Superficial injury cornea3.286
2nd deg burn finger with thumb2.735
2nd deg burn finger2.735
2nd deg burn hand NOS2.735
2nd deg burn lower leg 5 2.732.735
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