You might have enjoyed some fireworks this 4th of July, but each year around 10,000 people are treated in the emergency room because of fireworks related injuries. Fireworks injuries can occur to anyone, but usually the victims are children ages 5-19 and adults ages 25-55. Here are some of the typical ways burn injuries related to fireworks occur:
- Using non-consumer fireworks: Consumer fireworks have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, but commercial fireworks have not and a federal license is required to purchase them. Even though many state and local ordinances prohibit the use of non-consumer fireworks, many distributors continue to sell dangerous commercial fireworks to the public, which leads to many injuries.
- Firing them too close: Many serious fireworks related injuries occur because they were fired too close to people.
- Aren’t handled properly: Often people forget how serious fireworks are and cause injury to themselves because they don’t know how to handle them. This is common especially with unsupervised children.
Typical injuries related to fireworks include severe burns on the hands and fingers, and even blindness. The best ways to prevent these injuries are to:
- Read and follow the directions on the packaging.
- Have water nearby to put out flames.
- Aim fireworks away from bystanders.
- Go to fireworks shows put on by professionals instead of doing your own.
If you or a loved one were the victim of a burn injury because of fireworks, or any other type of personal injury due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
Each year around 3,400 people are killed in house fires, which are the third most common cause of accidental deaths at home. Deaths and burn injuries from fires are usually due to the negligence of someone else, and could have been avoided. To help you protect your loved ones from burn injuries, here are four ways you can prevent a house fire:
- Always be alert while cooking: Many times burn injuries occur during cooking and getting burned at the stove because you were distracted. Since cooking leads to many house fires, it’s important to never leave a pot or pan unattended on your stove top. If you do need to leave the kitchen, turn down the heat before stepping away.
- Leave room around your space heater: Another common way fire-related injuries occur is from space heaters. Many times curtains, sheets or clothes will be too close to the space heater and will catch on fire. Try to have three feet of clear space around your space heater to prevent any fires in your home.
- Don’t smoke in your home: Smoking is not only bad for your health, but is also one of the most common ways that fires start in homes. They commonly occur because smokers forget their smoldering cigarettes on couches or tables, and then catch on fire. Try to smoke only outside your home to prevent smoking-related fires.
- Watch your candles: Many times house fires occur because candles are forgotten and catch other things on fire. Whenever you leave a room, remember to put out the candle before you step out of the room. The best way to prevent these fires is to try to use battery operated candles.
Fires can occur anywhere at anytime, usually because someone was not being responsible. If you or a loved one were a victim of burn injuries or death from a fire, you deserve compensation. Contact the burn injury lawyers at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
According to the American Burn Association, roughly 450,000 people receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year. Burn injuries can result in swelling, blistering, scarring, shock and even death.
Around 3,400 people die each year from burn-related causes. The American Burn Association’s 2012 Fact Sheet shared the common causes of burn-related deaths for last year:
- 2,550 deaths from residential fires
- 300 from vehicle crash fires
- 150 deaths from flame burns or smoke inhalation in non-residential fires
- 400 from contact with electricity, scalding liquids or hot objects
The cause of most burn injuries and deaths is from a residential fire. To help prevent fires and burn injuries at home, be extra cautious when using these five items:
- Clothing irons: You might use an iron every day to press your clothes, but this tool causes many severe burn injuries every year.
- Curling iron: Curling irons can cause burns to the face, hands and arms. Children also can be hurt by grabbing a curling iron they didn’t know was hot.
- Barbecue grills: Many enjoy grilling in the summer, but burn injuries related to grilling can be very severe since you are coming in direct contact with fire.
- Ovens and stovetops: It’s painful to forget to put on your oven mitts and then grab a dish from a 400 degree oven. Ovens and stovetops cause many burn injuries to busy cooks.
- Fireplaces: Even though a cozy fire in your fireplace is romantic, it can be difficult to get your fire burning in a controlled manner for an extended period of time. Don’t let your guard down when tending to it.
Many times burn injuries are due to the negligence of someone else. If you or your loved one have suffered a burn injury due to someone’s irresponsibility, you deserve compensation. Contact the burn injury lawyers at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.