Hazards of Fireworks: What You Should Know

Published on June 23rd, 2017

Before you ignite your lighters this 4th of July, review these common firework injury statistics and safety tips to prevent any accidents during the holiday weekend.

What Are the Most Common Firework Injuries?

Most injuries have been caused from simple fireworks such as firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets, but all styles of fireworks come with risks. The hands, head/neck, and eyes are the areas of the body most frequently injured. When these injuries are serious, they can cause severe blindness, third degree burns, and permanent scarring.

Who is at Risk?

Statistics show that boys are twice as likely than girls to be injured from fireworks. The victims of firework-related incidents are not always the users, though. In fact, 1 out of 4 victims of fireworks-related incidents are NOT the users. So, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings when people are using fireworks around you.

Safety Tips

Nothing is accident proof, but here are some tips to help keep your family safe and prevent injuries:

  •      Read the instructions and cautionary labels carefully before igniting
  •      A responsible, sober adult should supervise all firework activities
  •      Have a bucket of water nearby
  •      Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  •      Do not set off fireworks in glass or metal containers
  •      Wear safety glasses

Injured from a firework?

Your safety and well-being is a number one priority. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen.  If an incident occurs and you or a loved one has been severely injured due to someone else’s negligence with fireworks, you may be eligible for monetary compensation. Please call for a free consultation with Thurswell Law. No fee unless you collect!

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