The number of fireworks-related injuries among children and the severity of those injuries increased in Kentucky, United States, after the state relaxed laws related to fireworks sales, according to a new research.
The research will be presented by a faculty from the University of Louisville at the Pediatrics Academic Societies 2016 Meeting.
‘The cases of fire-related burns in the emergency department increased from 29% in 2006 to 50% in 2012 due to relaxations in state laws governing firework sales.’
An abstract of the study, "Effect of Fireworks Laws on Pediatric Fireworks Related Burn Injuries," will be presented at the PAS meeting in Baltimore on May 3.
Researchers looked at federal and state data from the National Inpatient Sample, with data on 8 million hospital stays each year, and the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, which annually compiles information on 30 million discharges from emergency medicine facilities.
They determined the number of patients under age 21 treated and released by emergency departments between 2006 and 2012 rose modestly. Significantly larger increases were seen in injuries requiring inpatient hospital admission, which skyrocketed from 29 percent of cases in 2006 to 50 percent in 2012.
"The increase in fireworks-related injuries and the severity of these injuries in children since 2006 are very concerning," said Charles Woods Jr., M.D., one of the study's authors and associate chair of pediatrics at the University of Louisville.
"Although our findings do not prove a direct link to relaxations in state laws governing fireworks sales, it may be time for lawmakers to reassess this issue. Parents and caregivers of children also should be aware of these increasingly serious injuries and the potential dangers involved in allowing young children to handle and play with fireworks."