The Fourth of July always brings celebrations and fireworks. That being said, it is also a fact of life that on this holiday, there are a number accidents taking place due to the use and handling of fireworks. The National Safety Council estimates over 12,000 injuries occur each year due to firework accidents and 18,500 fires occur due to the misuse of fireworks. The following are safety tips to ensure a safe Fourth of July when handling fireworks.
Precautions to minimize risk include only buying and using legal fireworks from reputable sources. Never set off fireworks inside the home or in a container. Light one at a time and aim them away from anything flammable, such as buildings or leaves. Walk away from the firework once it is lit and make sure bystanders are also at a safe distance. Avoid giving fireworks to children and have a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish spent fireworks and to soak used fireworks before final disposal.
The most disabling injuries are caused by illegal fireworks. Yet, the greatest number of injuries are caused by legal fireworks parents buy for their children. These include sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles. Although sparklers seem harmless, they are not, and can burn in excess of 1,000 degrees. Sparklers are responsible for most of the injuries to children under age five.
The majority of injuries from fireworks are burns that occur to the hands and fingers; 14 percent of injuries also involve the eyes. To reduce the number of firework-related injuries, particularly to the eyes, it is best to avoid using fireworks at all. However, if you do choose to handle fireworks, please do so responsibly. Many eye injuries can be prevented by using protective eyewear.
While most injuries from fireworks involve burns, most firework-related eye injuries involve contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eyes. If an eye injury occurs, be sure to seek medical help immediately. Do not rub the eye and refrain from applying pressure or any type of ointment to the eye.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an incident involving fireworks, the Eatontown personal injury lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. can help. Compensation is available for a variety of issues, including covering medical expenses. We can advise you of your rights and ensure you obtain the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today at 732-493-9400 or complete an online form.
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