Independence Day in America is a joyous holiday when family and friends get together to barbecue, share their patriotism, and enjoy fireworks. While Pennsylvania state law prohibits the use of consumer and display fireworks, items collectively known as “novelties” (such as ground and hand-held sparkling devices and toy caps), may be sold and used within the state. The use of these fireworks is common during the Independence Day holiday.
Although these novelty fireworks may appear small and harmless, it is important that consumers take precautions to make sure they are used safely. According to statistics released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in the 30 days surrounding July 4, 2010, about 1,900 people were treated in the country’s hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. In all of 2010, 8,600 people in the United States received treatment in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. About 40 percent of those injured were 15-years-old or younger. There were three fatalities in 2010 related to fireworks.
Those who purchase legal fireworks this Fourth of July would be well-advised to take the precautions necessary to ensure that a joyous occasion does not turn into a tragic one. Never allow children to set off fireworks. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is a sign that they were manufactured for professional displays. All fireworks activities must be supervised by adults. Grown-ups tend to be casual about use of fireworks such as sparklers, but CPSC officials warn that sparklers burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligent use of fireworks, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, such as those at Anapol Weiss. We have a long and successful track record of helping personal injury victims and their families obtain just compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses. Call us today at 866-735-2792 for a free and comprehensive consultation.