Fireworks are a big part of the Independence Day holiday for many American families. Unfortunately, fireworks can also be a source of injuries and, in some cases, even death. Each year, about 200 people need emergency room care for burn injuries related to fireworks, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Many of these victims are children, who are entranced by fireworks, but may not understand the risks that come with them.
To help keep those you love safe this July fourth, implement safety tips like:
- Designating one adult to light fireworks and to clean up the fireworks area. Instruct all other adults and children to stay a safe distance from the fireworks. You might even draw a line to help children determine where to stand.
- Supervising children at all times near fireworks, especially when playing with sparklers. Many adults don’t realize that sparklers can cause serious burns.
- Avoiding fireworks packaged in plain brown wrappers. These are generally intended for professional use and can cause serious burns or fires if used at home.
- Keeping a hose, fire extinguishers, buckets of water or sand, or other tools handy to douse unintentional fires. Check local fire conditions and advisories, and never use fireworks when dry conditions make the risk of wildfires high.
- Considering treating your family and friends to a professional show instead of lighting fireworks at home.
If you’re injured this holiday, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced San Diego injury lawyers at Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers at (619) 233-5020 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal options.