4th of July Safety – Fireworks Injuries

Fireworks are synonymous with the 4th of July. If operated in a controlled manner, by professionals, fireworks can be a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the sheer number of fireworks injuries reported each year, during the 4th of July holiday. The majority of fireworks injuries are associated with the improper operation of or premature detonation of consumer grade fireworks.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks are responsible for an average of 18,500 fires each year. That’s over 25% of all annual fires. These fires include 16,900 outside fires, 1,300 structure fires and 300 vehicle fires.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, emergency rooms treat over 10,000 fireworks injury victims each year. About 64% of all fireworks injuries happen within 30 days of the July 4th holiday. Males, of all age groups, account for over 70% of all fireworks injuries. Children ages 5 to 9 years old are twice as likely to be injured by fireworks, compared to any other age group.

Many parents buy their young children sparklers, believing they are a “safe” alternative to other fireworks. The truth is, sparklers rank 1st on the fireworks injuries list, accounting for over 25% of all reported injuries. Although they don’t have exploding projectiles, in reality sparklers have thousands of small burning projectiles. These projectiles can easily cause burn injuries to the eyes and skin. Unaware parents may not realize that sparklers burn at a temperature of almost 2,000 degrees. Because of how hot they can get, injuries caused by sparklers are usually very deep burn wounds.

There’s no such thing as a safe firework. If you’re going to use fireworks during the 4th of July holiday, please do so in as safe a manner as possible, for yourself and those around you. You should only light fireworks one at a time and then move away quickly. Never allow your children to light or play with fireworks. If a firework fails to go off or fully ignite, throw it away. Do not attempt to reignite it. Keep a hose or bucket of water on stand-by.

If you have lost a loved one, been injured by or suffered property damage due to someone else’s negligent use of fireworks, you may be able to file for compensation for your injuries and other damages. In personal injury or property damage claims, it is important to have an experienced attorney to ensure you recover the most compensation possible. To learn more about your rights or how we may be able to help you, contact one of the civil trial lawyers from Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A., today.

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