A new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reveals that fireworks-related incidents were responsible for two deaths in 2009 and approximately 9,000 emergency room visits for injuries. According to the CPSC, throughout the 30 days near last year’s holiday, about 6,000 injuries involving fireworks were reported in which half of the injuries related to firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.
Consumers below the age of 20 are the most prone to fireworks injuries; however, the risk of serious injury or even death still exists for anyone within close proximity of fireworks or other apparatuses. Some common fireworks injuries and hazards include lacerations, loss of limbs, burns, residential fires and wrongful death.
Although the Fourth of July can be an exciting time, do not forget to properly supervise young adults using legal fireworks and do not permit young children to light or play with fireworks. Also, never throw or point fireworks at another person. Please read additional consumer fireworks safety tips on the CPSC’s website to find out more about how you can help prevent serious injuries related to fireworks this Fourth of July.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Anapol Weiss want consumers to be fully aware of preventative measures to avoid injuries from fireworks this Fourth of July. Do not disregard safety. Take every necessary precaution to protect yourself and others.