Did you know that according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safey Commission (CPSC), fireworks were involved in an estimated 8,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2010? This is 200 fireworks-related injury cases lower as compared to 2009. Based on the statistics, CPSC mentioned that there is no significant trend in department-treated injuries from year 1996 until 2010.
Children under the age of 15-years-old accounted to about 40 percent of estimated injuries while fifty-three percent of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were 20 year-old and younger. Moreover, CPSC also revealed that over the past 10 years, illegal explosives or homemade fireworks have typically caused 33% of the injuries associated with fireworks.
Fourth of July is one of the most important days in U.S. It is the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. On this day, fireworks displays are held in many states. Fireworks are also sold for personal use. On this day, fireworks-related injuries are high.
Due to the danger of fireworks, causing serious burns and eye injuries, many states raise their concerns for the safety of everyone. Some states have banned fireworks and limit the allowed sizes and types.
This Monday, let us all celebrate Fourth of July with some helpful safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you!
Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
For victims of fireworks-related accidents, call our free consultation hotline at (602)-978-6400. As personal injury lawyers in Phoenix, we are ready to assist you in getting what you deserve.