Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means firework shows and cook outs will be on the rise; however, these activities can cause serious injuries to adults and children if safety precautions are not taken.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 230 people will go to emergency rooms every day due to firework related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.

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. 

If you plan on celebrating this Fourth of July with fireworks, here are a few tips 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.
  • Douse used fireworks with water before throwing them in the trash.
  • Make sure the fireworks you plan to purchase are legal in your area.

Each year, many people are injured by gas and charcoal grills. Follow these safety tips while cooking on the grill.

  • Always supervise the grill.
  • Never grill in an enclosed area.
  • Keep the grill in an open area away from your house, deck, trees or anything flammable.
  • Use long-handed tools when cooking to avoid burn injuries.
  • Always follow the grill’s manufacturer’s directions.

If you’ve been injured by a firework or a grill due to someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation at 412-661-1400.

Source: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fireworks Information Center  and the America Red Cross, “ Red Cross Issues Safety Tips For 4th of July Holiday”