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The Importance of Firework Safety: Protecting Yourself on the 4th of July

Posted by Josh Molchan | Jul 03, 2024 | 0 Comments

July 4th is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, marked by festivities such as beach outings, backyard barbecues, and, of course, fireworks. While fireworks are a central part of Independence Day celebrations, they also pose significant risks. Fireworks are dangerous and can cause severe injuries that may take lives or affect them forever. 

The Alarming Statistics

In 2023, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported over 9,700 people were treated in emergency rooms nationwide for firework-related injuries. Teenage males aged 15 to 19 are the most commonly injured group, fully embracing the spirit of "Independence Day" but often neglecting necessary precautions. Burns accounted for approximately 42% of these injuries, with about 35% affecting the hands and fingers.

The Hidden Dangers of Sparklers

One of the most common fireworks that result in injuries is sparklers. These stick-like fireworks, often a child's first experience with fireworks, are actually one of the most common sources of injury. Sparklers can burn at over 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit and are often given to very young children who may easily drop them, poke their siblings, hold them too close to their eyes, or be tempted to touch the colorful flame. Close supervision of children using sparklers and explaining the importance of safety to them is crucial.

Safety Precautions

  1. Have a “Designated Lighter”: While many consider having a designated driver on the 4th of July, having a designated lighter is also a great idea. Many people enjoy their day off with alcohol, and lighting fireworks while intoxicated is a recipe for disaster. Fireworks are explosives, period. Having someone stay sober to light the fireworks can significantly reduce the risk of injury.
  2. Maintain a Safe Distance: Always light fireworks one at a time and keep a safe distance after lighting. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  3. Use a Clear Area: Set off fireworks in a clear, open space away from buildings, trees, and flammable materials. Always have a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of fire.
  4. Avoid Relighting Duds: If a firework doesn't ignite, don't attempt to relight it. Wait 20 minutes, then soak it in water before disposing of it.

Legal Assistance for Firework Injuries

If you or a loved one has been injured in a firework-related incident, securing legal assistance is crucial to ensure your voice is heard and your rights are protected. At Dordick Law Corporation, a leading personal injury law firm in Southern California, our skilled attorneys specialize in catastrophic injuries, working tirelessly to obtain the compensation and support you deserve. Reach out to us today at (310) 551-0949 or complete this form for a free consultation. Together, we can combat injustice and foster a safer, more inclusive community. The attorneys at Dordick Law are committed to ensuring you get the justice you need.

By focusing on safety and understanding the risks associated with fireworks, we can all enjoy a safer and more enjoyable 4th of July. Stay safe, and remember, fireworks are beautiful but must be handled with care and respect.

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