The summer season brings many opportunities to celebrate, and fireworks are frequently part of the festivities. Fireworks are very fun and provide visual excitement for anyone close by, but if not handled properly, they can cause serious injuries to unsuspecting users. According to Fireworkssafety.com, there were an estimated 9,800 fireworks-related injuries in 2007, which is equivalent to 3.8 injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks. If proper safety precautions aren’t followed, fireworks can cause eye injuries and burn injuries in both children and adults.
In honor of National Fireworks Safety Month, the following are tips to help keep you and your family safe while using fireworks:
- Purchase only legal fireworks, which will be unlabeled, and store them in a cool, dry place. In addition, never try and make your own fireworks.
- Use fireworks outside only and keep a bucket of water nearby in case of an accident. Point the fireworks away from homes and keep them away from brush, leaves, and other flammable substances.
- Light one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a dud. Also, do not hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. If you are the “lighter,” wear eye protection to prevent eye injuries.
- Don’t allow children to play with fireworks or pick up pieces of fireworks after an event as some may still be ignited and can explode without warning.
- After your fireworks-infused celebration, soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash.
The personal injury lawyers in Chicago of the Bradley Law Firm wish everyone a safe and fun-filled summer! If you are injured in a fireworks-related accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, please contact us to discuss your legal rights and options. Schedule your complimentary consultation by calling (312) 252-1488.