Fireworks are beautiful displays of celebration, especially around the Fourth of July. However, they can sometimes cause harm. On average, 240 people go to the emergency room every day with firework-related injuries the month around the Fourth of July holiday. Every summer we get numerous calls from people injured by fireworks ranging from simple burns to injured body parts.
Firework-related injury facts:
- The types of fireworks that cause the most injuries are firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets.
- The most commonly injured body parts are the hands, eyes, and legs.
- Burns are the most common injury.
- Injuries from fireworks can cause blindness, third-degree burns, and permanent scarring as well as life-threatening home and motor vehicle fires.
In order to prevent firework-related injuries, follow these helpful tips:
- Always have adult supervision.
- Do not stand directly over the firework when lighting the fuse. Once lit, immediately back up a safe distance away.
- Never point or throw fireworks at someone.
- Always have water nearby (a bucket or a hose) in case of an accident.
- After the fireworks are done burning, completely soak the device with water before throwing it away.
- Follow any and ALL local laws concerning fireworks.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a wide area that is clear of buildings, vehicles, and trees.
- Wear proper safety gear when handling fireworks.
- Never relight a firework. Instead, wait about twenty minutes and soak it in water before disposing of it.
If the injury occurred due to a defective product, the manufacturer may have liability. You may also have a claim if the person used the product negligently or recklessly (e.g. If someone using a sparkler burned your skin). If you or someone you know has been injured in a fireworks accident, call an attorney to assess your legal options.