Top 10 Dangerous Facts About the 4th of July!

Elizabeth, New Jersey Lawyers Fourth of July Fireworks

Warning: The following article might be considered a buzzkill

Yep, your favorite law firm is back to add a little gloom and doom to another joyous holiday.

We’ve already reminded you about Santa’s injury risk during the Christmas season and about how deadly the roads are on Memorial Day. Heck, holiday or not, we’ve even made some people start looking twice at every manhole cover that they walk by.

The Fourth of July in New Jersey

The 4th of July weekend is here. Independence Day in New Jersey means barbecues, fun with family and friends, hitting the Jersey Shore, or maybe all of the above for some residents of the Garden State.

Of course, as New Jersey lawyers for the seriously injured, we at Mintz & Geftic tend to look at the other things that come along with the Fourth of July; blowing things up, dangerous driving, drinking in the hot sun, and again, maybe all of the above for some New Jersey residents.

What’s the most common cause of injury on the Fourth of July?

What type of fireworks device causes the most injuries?

The answers might surprise you. See our list below for these answers and more interesting facts.

Top 10 Dangerous Facts About the Fourth of July

  1. On average, 230 people go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries in the two weeks before and after the Fourth of July.
  2. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,900 injuries treated in U.S. Hospital emergency rooms during the calendar year of 2015.

  3. The type of fireworks device causing the most injuries over the Fourth of July in 2015 were sparklers, with 1,900 estimated injuries.

  4. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

  5. When it comes to fireworks-related injuries, the body part(s) most injured are the hands and fingers.

  6. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 26 percent of the estimated fireworks injuries in 2015.
  7. In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires, including 1,400 structural fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14.000 outside and other fires.

  8. The National Safety Council estimates indicate 582 people may be killed and an additional 66,900 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. This makes car accidents the leading cause of injury, by far, on the Fourth of July weekend.
  9. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been tracking car crash statistics for over 25 years, and they show that, on average, 51% of all fatal automobile accidents on the 4th of July are related to alcohol. This is more than any other holiday.

  10. And finally, an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th of July.


All of us at Mintz & Geftic wish you and your families a very happy and safe Fourth of July!


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