With the Fourth of July on the horizon, many Florida residents have already started celebrating with fireworks. While a patriotic spirit makes perfect sense, far too many citizens ignore or forget about safety when using these potentially dangerous objects.
A new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reveals that fireworks-related incidents were responsible for two deaths in 2009 and approximately 9,000 emergency room visits for injuries. According to the CPSC, throughout the 30 days near last year’s holiday, about 6,000 injuries involving fireworks were reported in which half of the injuries related to firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.
Consumers below the age of 20 are the most prone to fireworks injuries; however, the risk of serious injury or even death still exists for anyone within close proximity of fireworks or other pyrotechnics. The CPSC notes that some common fireworks injuries and hazards include:
- Burns of the face, head and hands
- Loss of limbs
- Residential fires
- Wrongful death
It is never a good idea to leave children or even young adults alone when fireworks, sparklers, or bottle rockets are within reach. Parental supervision is essential when legal fireworks are being used. Never permit young children to ignite or toy with fireworks. Although it may seem like common sense, some consumers forget that they should never throw or point fireworks at another person.
For more helpful information on how you can help prevent severe injuries related to fireworks this Fourth of July, please refer to the CPSC’s website for consumer fireworks safety tips.
The Florida personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah hope that consumers stay safe this Independence Day. Use extra caution this weekend to help keep your loved ones out of harm’s way.