As July 4 approaches, the minds of Americans are on the country, cookouts and of course, fireworks. This national holiday is a time to come together and have fun, but there is danger.
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul knows the dangers all too well, mangling his hand on the holiday a year ago. Pierre-Paul had been throwing fireworks all night, but the final one exploded in his hand. The defensive end lost his index finger, and severely injured his thumb and middle finger.
After telling reporters he wouldn't be in the U.S. or around fireworks for July 4, Pierre-Paul, with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, released a PSA about the dangers the explosives entail. The Giants defender appeared on "Good Morning America" to unveil the video.
Pierre-Paul describes the event in the PSA, saying that all he could think about after the incident was his son.
Pierre-Paul urges the audience to leave the fireworks to "fireworks professionals". In the PSA's most effective shot, Pierre-Paul looks into the camera while unabashedly showing off his effected hand.
It's good to see that after receiving criticism for his incident and briefly disrupting his career, Pierre-Paul has grown from the incident and has chosen to use his experience as an avenue to help others.