4th of July Safety
- In 2008, across the country 7,000 people were treated for fireworks related injuries. 40% of these injuries involved kids.
- In the month of July alone, there were 900 injuries associated with firecrackers, 800 associated with sparklers and 300 associated with rockets. Of the injuries associated with firecrackers, 500 involved small firecrackers.
- Drowning is the second-leading cause of death in children, after motor vehicle accidents. Over 400 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year and 19% of drowning deaths occur in public pools with a certified lifeguard present.
4th of July Safety Campaign
Each year, the Keenan’s Kids Foundation researches new and relevant safety topics related to the 4th of July with the goal of transferring this knowledge to the public in order to increase safety measures and decrease holiday related injuries.
In past years, the 4th of July Safety Campaign has covered topics that include fireworks, gas grills, travel and traffic accidents, alcohol related accidents, drowning, predators around the water, fires, houseboats, recreational boating, jet skis, storms and lightning.
The Keenan’s Kids Foundation compiles information into a variety of accessible media formats including PowerPoint presentations, email blasts, direct mailing, pod casts, press releases and live press conferences. By combining our research with safety and prevention tips, we hope to make the 4th of July holiday a safe, happy and healthy celebration for everyone.