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A Fourth of July Top 10 – Fireworks, Traffic,Ketchup & More

Fourth of July Fireworks. New Jersey outline lit up in center of sky surrounded by Fourth of July fireworks. From Mintz & Geftic Injury Lawyers Blog

The Fourth of July in New Jersey

Fourth of July fireworks—what type causes the most injuries?

What is the leading cause of injuries on the Fourth of July?

Which gender suffers the most injuries on the 4th of July? 

Some of these answers may surprise you (see #1 below)…and some of these may not (see #3 below).  Let’s get right to the list:

Fourth of July Dangers – Top 10 Most Interesting Facts

    1. The type of Fourth of July fireworks that cause the most injuries on Fourth of July are sparklers. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries. 
    2. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. The National Safety Council suggests using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers. (
    3. Males experience 70% of all estimated Fourth of July fireworks related injuries, versus only 30% for females.
    4. When it comes to Fourth of July fireworks related injuries, the body part(s) most injured are the hands and fingers.
    5. According to a study from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  the Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous days to be on the road. Our Independence Day has been the third deadliest holiday for drivers since 2011 (only slightly behind Memorial Day & Labor Day).
    6. The 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.
    7. The National Safety Council estimates 462 people may be killed and an additional thousands more may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the 2021 Fourth of July holiday weekend. This includes car accidents and truck accidents. This makes motor vehicle accidents the leading cause of injury, by far, on the Fourth of July.
    8. The most dangerous state on the Fourth of July is Oklahoma and the safest state is Delaware. New Jersey falls in the middle at number 26. (A Secure Life)
    9. Americans will spend an estimated $37 Million this Fourth of July just on ketchup (
    10. 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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