(Video below) — It’s been almost a year since New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul nearly lost his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, and now he’s telling everyone to avoid his fate using the most graphic teaching tool possible: his hand.
Pierre-Paul filmed a public-service announcement in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It dropped on Thursday.
Pierre-Paul appeared Thursday on “Good Morning America” to talk about the new PSA campaign, telling correspondent Mara Schiavocampo that he thought he could get away from the firework in time.
“In a split second it blew off my whole hand,” he says in the PSA. “All I could do was think about my son and was I going to make it. Now I’m truly blessed to be alive. Now when I look at fireworks I think about safety.”
Paul recovered enough to appear in eight games for the Giants last season. He told the New York Daily News earlier this month that he won’t be anywhere near fireworks this July 4.
“I’ll be gone,” Pierre-Paul said Monday. “I won’t even be in the United States. . . . Where I’m going, they don’t even celebrate the Fourth of July.”
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Video: New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was injured in a fireworks accident last year, discusses safety with CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye.