Firework Injuries

Summer is a time for camping trips, picnics, summer parties, and, of course, fireworks. Professional firework displays often are breathtaking and entertaining events. However, amateur firework use and displays can be dangerous and even deadly events.

In 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July, approximately 1,900 people were injured by fireworks and wound up in the emergency room. The most common injuries caused by fireworks include blindness, third degree burns, loss of limbs, hand and finger injuries, and permanent scarring. Sparklers can be especially harmful to adults and children. Sparklers burn at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, adults and children can sustain third degree burns which may lead to permanent scarring.

Some ways to protect yourself and others when engaging in firework use include:

Only use fireworks outdoorsRead and follow all safety instructions and warningsAlways have a hose or bucket of water handy. Keep people out of range of the fireworks. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworksNever re-light a firework. Light fireworks on a flat surface away from homes, cars, trees and shrubs, and any debris on the ground. Always purchase fireworks from a reputable retailer.

If you, your child, or other family member has been injured from the use of fireworks, contact an attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

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