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Risk Factors for Fireworks-Related Injury in Washington State

Lynne V. McFarland, MS; Jeffrey R. Harris, MD; John M. Kobayashi, MD, MPH; Richard C. Dicker, MD, MPH
JAMA. 1984;251(24):3251-3254. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340480033023.
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To determine the frequency and effects of and risk factors for fireworks-related injury, we identified all 146 persons who were injured by fireworks and sought emergency care during the 1983 July 4 holiday in the Seattle area. The mean charge for medical care for the injuries received was $562; 7.1% of those injured required hospitalization. In a matched-pair case-control study, use of either of two fireworks types—firecrackers or aerial devices—was significantly associated with injury (odds ratios [ORs], 3.3 and 2.9, respectively; 95% confidence intervals [CI], 1.2, 8.5, and 1.2, 6.6, respectively). Also associated with injury were several fireworks misuse behaviors, including lack of adult supervision of children (OR, 11.5; CI, 2.8, 100.6). We conclude that fireworks cause serious injuries that theoretically could be prevented by behavioral changes or decreased availability of high-risk fireworks devices.

(JAMA 1984;251:3251-3254)


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