Three-quarters of annual firework-related emergency room admissions occur between mid-June and mid-July as Fourth of July celebrations take place in the United States. The health risks of fireworks do not stop once they have been set off, however; fireworks emit hazardous pollutants into the air that can have severe long- and short-term side effects for people in surrounding areas.
In a new resource, air quality professionals from global air filtration manufacturer and engineering company Camfil explain the increases in air pollution following the 4th of July firework supplies and how this pollution affects human health.
“It is important to note that the composition of particulate matter that comes from Independence Day fireworks displays differs from what is typically found in the air, containing the dangerous byproducts of setting off fireworks,” says Camfil’s Mark Davidson. “These include potassium carbonate and potassium hydroxide, which can cause severe respiratory irritation as well as tissue damage to the skin, eyes, and lungs.”
The article covers the following topics:
What are fireworks made of and how do they work?
What air pollutants come from fireworks?
What are the health effects of firework pollution?
Do 4th of July fireworks actually affect air quality in the United States?
How can Americans protect their lungs from firework pollution in 2023?
About Camfil Clean Air Solutions
For more than half a century, Camfil has been helping people breathe cleaner air. As a leading manufacturer of premium clean air solutions, we provide commercial and industrial systems for air filtration and air pollution control that improve worker and equipment productivity, minimize energy use, and benefit human health and the environment. We firmly believe that the best solutions for our customers are the best solutions for our planet, too. That’s why every step of the way – from design to delivery and across the product life cycle – we consider the impact of what we do on people and on the world around us. Through a fresh approach to problem-solving, innovative design, precise process control, and a strong customer focus we aim to conserve more, use less and find better ways – so we can all breathe easier.
The Camfil Group is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and has 30 manufacturing sites, six R&D centers, local sales offices in 35+ countries, and about 5,600 employees and growing. We proudly serve and support customers in a wide variety of industries and in communities across the world. To discover how Camfil USA can help you to protect people, processes and the environment, visit us at www.camfil.us/
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