Fireworks can cause serious injuries and sometimes disabling conditions. The most common type of injuries sustained due to fireworks are burn injuries. A sparkler can reach temperatures of nearly 2,000 degrees. Sadly, children are usually the victims of these types of injuries. Summer activities can pose many potential threats for children. In a previous blog post, we spoke about keeping children safe around swimming pools and the importance of supervision. It is important to always supervise children around fireworks as well. Other types of injuries inflicted from fireworks include: loss of hearing and eye sight, shock, smoke inhalation and loss of fingers.
If you plan on celebrating this Fourth of July with fireworks, here are a few tips in order to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
•· Never allow children to play with fireworks. If you allow your child to play with a sparkler, always supervise them and never let them light the sparkler themselves.
•· Keep all body parts away from the firework
•· Back up a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework
•· Light fireworks one at a time
•· Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of a fire
•· After the completion of your firework show, douse used fireworks with water before throwing them in the trash
•· Make sure the fireworks you plan to purchase are legal in your area
If you’ve been injured by a firework due to someone else’s carelessness, you may have a personal injury claim. To see what your rights are and what compensation may be available to you, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to see if you have a claim.
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fireworks Information Center