Close to 38,000 fireworks have been recalled ahead of the Fourth of July holiday for violating federal standards.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced four separate fireworks-related recalls this week for fireworks that were “overloaded with pyrotechnics,” which according to the recalls can result in a greater than expected explosion, posing explosion and burn hazards to consumers.
The affected fireworks were sold at two Michigan stores, one Indiana shop and a small chain of Pennsylvania stores. All of the recalled fireworks were manufactured in China and are eligible for refunds.
According to the safety commission’s 2018 Fireworks Annual Report, there were at least five deaths related to fireworks and an estimated 9,100 firework-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments with 62% of injuries between June 22, 2018, and July 22.
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The commission held a fireworks safety press conference Wednesday to warn of the dangers. For children under 5, sparklers caused more than half of reported injuries.
“Each year, too many emergency room doctors see too many fireworks-related injuries,” said Dr. Sarah Combs, from Children’s National Medical Center in the District of Columbia, in a statement. Don’t make the emergency room part of your holiday; don’t let children play with fireworks.”
Grandma’s Fireworks in Indiana
The largest recall was from Grandma’s Fireworks in West College Corner, Indiana, and involves about 25,000 fireworks sold between January 2009 through April 2019. The fireworks recalled include 18 different varieties.
“An 8-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy found the broken end of a Talon rocket, lit it and were hurt,” the recall notice said.
For more information, call Grandma’s Fireworks at 765-732-3866 or email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patriot Pyrotechnics in Michigan
Patriot Pyrotechnics in Sheridan, Michigan, is recalling about 11,000 fireworks sold from January 2017 through July 2018 for between $100 and $125.
The recall involves 22 different consumer fireworks.
For more information, call 616-527-1337 or email email@example.com.
Keystone Fireworks in Pennsylvania
Keystone Fireworks, which lists seven Pennsylvania locations, is recalling about 1,660 G-Force Artillery Shell Fireworks sold from November 2018 through May for about $60.
For more information, call 717-299-3180 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GS Fireworks in Michigan
GS Fireworks in Wyoming, Michigan, is recalling about 260 fireworks in 26 different varieties that were sold from March 2018 through May 2018 for between $10 and $125.
For more information, call GS Fireworks at 616-304-8800 or email email@example.com.
Fireworks safety tips
Even if your fireworks haven’t been recalled, they do pose a risk. Here are safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Make sure consumer fireworks are legal in your area, before buying or using them.
- Never use or make professional-grade fireworks.
- Do not buy or use fireworks that are packaged in brown paper; this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and are not for consumer use.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers, which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person or occupied area.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move away from them quickly.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device, to prevent a trash fire.
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