The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated 5,200 fireworks injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments during the month surrounding July 4th last year. Most of the injuries were from the misuse of fireworks. Most commonly injuries incurred from lighting fireworks too close to someone, lighting fireworks improperly, lighting fireworks while holding them in hand, playing with lit or previously used fireworks, and setting off fireworks improperly.
Fireworks can be fun, but it is important to use fireworks safely. The CPSC offers these tips:
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks. Sparklers (thought of as safe) burn at very high temperatures and can cause severe burns.
- Only set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, and other flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Make sure people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never light fireworks in a container.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm wish you a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!