Fireworks can cause serious injuries and sometimes disabling conditions. The most common type of injuries are burn injuries. A sparkler can reach temperatures close to 2,000 degrees. Children are usually the victims of these types of injuries. It is important to always supervise children around fireworks. Other types of injuries inflicted from fireworks include: loss of hearing and eye sight, shock, smoke inhalation and loss of fingers.
Fourth of July is also the holiday with the most fires. A lot of fires begin from lighting fireworks too closely to decorations. Make sure decorations and anything flammable is far away from where you are setting off fireworks.
If you plan on handling fireworks this Fourth of July, here are a few tips to ensure your safety.
•· 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
•· 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, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation.
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fireworks Information Center