A new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that fireworks-related incidents were responsible for two deaths in 2009 and about 9,000 emergency room visits for injuries. According to the CPSC, throughout the 30 days near last year’s holiday, about 6,000 injuries involving fireworks were reported in which half of the injuries related to firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.
Consumers below the age of 20 are the most susceptible to fireworks injuries; however, the risk of serious injury or even death is still a reality for anyone within close range of fireworks or other pyrotechnics. Some frequently occurring fireworks injuries and hazards include:
- Burns of the face, head and hands
- Loss of limbs
- Residential fires
- Wrongful death
Parental supervision is extremely important if and when legal fireworks are being used. Never allow young children to ignite or tamper with fireworks or other gadgets. It is also crucial to never throw or point fireworks at another individual. For more information on how you can help prevent serious injuries related to fireworks this Fourth of July holiday, please refer to the CPSC’s website for consumer fireworks safety tips.
The Arizona personal injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. cannot stress enough the importance of consumer safety during the Independence Day holiday. Take every necessary safety measure to keep your loved ones out of harm’s way.