Fourth of July is nearly here and with the holiday comes parades, barbecues and, of course, the traditional fireworks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning that while fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day, improper use of those fireworks can also cause pain and injury.
On average, about 200 people nationwide go to emergency rooms every day with fireworks-related injuries around the month of the Fourth of July holiday. Most fireworks injuries happen to the hands and fingers (46%). However injuries to the eyes (17%) and head, face and ears (17%) also figure prominently in fireworks-related injuries. A majority of fireworks-related injuries happen to people ages 25-44 (40%).
Men, not surprisingly, are over twice as likely to be injured as women.
In an effort to keep people safe during the holiday, here are some of the tips the CPSC suggests when using fireworks:
- Never let young children to light or play with fireworks.
- Adults should always supervise firework activities. An innocuous-seeming Sparkler can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – the equivalent heat that a blow torch produces.
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
- Keep a pail of water or garden hose handy to douse a fire or in case of a mishap.
- Do not place your body directly over a firework while lighting it.
- Verify that fireworks are legal in your area.
The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Farah & Farah in Jacksonville want everybody to have fun on the Fourth of July. However, we also urge that you do so in a safe and sane manner. Nothing can ruin a fun-filled holiday celebration more than an injury that could have been prevented if some simple safety steps had been followed.