Fireworks are popular this time of year, but it’s important to understand how to use them safely.
In 2018, fireworks were involved in approximately 9,100 injuries that required emergency room treatment in the United States, according to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
180 Americans go to the hospital every day in the month around the July 4th holiday due to fireworks-related injuries. Some of the most common injuries include serious burns and eye injuries.
Fireworks Safety Tips
Always supervise children around fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers can get very hot and cause injuries. Young children should not be allowed to play with or ignite fireworks.
Leave the fireworks shows to the professionals! Light fireworks one at a time, and move away quickly before they go off. Do not put any part of your body directly over the firework while lighting the fuse. If your fireworks do not ignite fully, do not try to re-light them or pick them up. Douse them with water before disposing of them.
Do not point fireworks at another person and never carry fireworks in your pocket. Do not shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers.
You should always keep a bucket of water around fireworks in case there is a fire or other issue. After fireworks have completed their burning, douse them with water to prevent a trash fire.
Fireworks are responsible for injuries and structural fires every year. Exercise caution when using fireworks and prevent disaster before it strikes.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective firework, Schuerman Law can help. Unsafe and defective products need to be removed from stores to prevent consumers from unnecessary injury. Get full compensation for your injuries with Schuerman Law on your side. John Schuerman is a compassionate advocate who will fight for your rights. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments as well as hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.