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HAVE FUN, STAY SAFE
This is the 2nd Annual Fireworks Safety Week and for good reason. Since 2019, there has been a 50% increase in deaths and injuries due to fireworks. Here are a few surprising statistics.
- 71% of fireworks related injuries are to males.
- 15% of fireworks related injuries are to the eyes.
- 44% of injuries are burns
- 18% of annual fireworks related injuries are to children.
Firecrackers are the leading cause of fireworks related injuries and sparklers are the 2nd leading cause of fireworks related injuries.
We want to help you prevent serious injuries due to fireworks.
HERE ARE SOME SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND THIS WEEKEND:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued these safety tips to follow when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishaps
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move quickly away from the fireworks device
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks
- Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone
- After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use
- Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs
Injuries happen. Take action.
Most fireworks related injuries are burns. If a burn from fireworks is sustained, follow these quick tips:
- Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cool (not cold) running water or apply a cool, wet compress until the pain eases.
- Remove rings or other tight items. ...
- Don't break blisters. ...
- Apply lotion. ...
- Bandage the burn. ...
- Take a pain reliever. ...
If an eye injury happens you should:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Do not rub the eyes
- Do not rinse out the eyes - this can cause more damage.
- Do not apply pressure to the eye
- Head to an emergency room or urgent care
CONTACT LINDEN LAW
Sometimes accidents happen and injuries occur. Not all accidents will involve an attorney, but if you believe that injuries ahve been sustained as a result of any accident and that those injuries may be someone else’s fault, contact Linden Law. At Linden Law, we’ve handled hundreds of personal injury cases, helping our clients get the help they need. You can see some of our results here.
Fireworks related injuries may be the result of faulty fireworks or poorly executed fireworks shows. Linden Law also has years of experience handling products liability cases. We can help you hold the responsible parties liable.