Fireworks Can Cause Serious Burns, Missouri and Illinois
Posted on July 1st, 2011 by Zane Cagle
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2010. That number was up 1,600 from 2008. Firework injuries most often involve hands, fingers, eyes and legs.
According to the Amputee Coalition, the best prevention is to leave firework displays to trained professionals. A single sparkler can cause serious burn injuries as it is as hot as 1,800-3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
For those who do participate in firework usage over the holiday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety have issued the following tips/suggestions:
- Do not let children younger than 14 use fireworks
- Supervise individuals younger than 18 years of age
- Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers. Read and follow all warnings and instructions
- Use fireworks only as intended; don’t try to alter or combine them, and don’t experiment with homemade fireworks
- Have a bucket of water nearby
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them in water and throw them away. (keep a bucket of water nearby for dousing)
- Be sure other people are a safe distance away before lighting fireworks
- Never ignite fireworks in a contained-especially a glass or metal one
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place according to their specific storage instructions
- Do not wear loose clothing near a fire or while using fireworks
- Rockets should be launched from a rocket launcher-not a bottle
- Sparklers need to be handled carefully too-they burn at 1,800-3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Light them one at a time at arms’ length. Always wear gloves while holding a sparkler, and never give one to a child under 5 years of age. Don’t hold a child in your arms while using sparklers
- Educate children (of all ages) about the dangers of fireworks and teach them to practice safety at all times
- Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks
- Before purchasing fireworks, familiarize yourself with your state’s fireworks laws. Check the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission’s web site for a list of state firework regulations at www.cpsc.gov Also, check your local government’s laws-many municipalities ban or restrict fireworks use.
The Fourth of July holiday is always an exciting time including many parties and celebrations. Mixing fireworks with alcohol is never a good idea. Because fireworks are generally used after a day of celebration, mixing alcohol with fireworks has always been too common and many injuries result. Lack of close child supervision with fireworks also leads to many injuries. Keep the holiday safe and fun through close supervision of fireworks and children.
If you have been injured by the negligence of another person in an accident such as a firework accident, you may have a personal injury claim. Serious burn injuries can be the result of another person’s negligent actions. Seeking legal representation ensures your rights are protected. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm today. Our consultations are always free 1(314) 276-1681.