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.