If you are like many Missourians, your Fourth of July holiday would not
be complete with out an exciting and colorful fireworks display. If you
are purchasing your own fireworks,
Columbia Injury Attorneys urge you to familiarize yourself with all the do's and don'ts
of fireworks before setting them off and possibly joining the ranks of
The CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) reported three fireworks-related
deaths and an estimated 8,600 emergency room visits for fireworks injuries
in 2010. Approximately 6,000 of these incidents took place in the 30 days
surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.
The main reported injuries from firecrackers are burns, lacerations and
eye injuries. Loss of a limb is a tragic and not uncommon result of a
fireworks accident as well. The large majority of these injuries seem
to be related to the use of firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers,
with those under twenty years of age accounting for most of the injuries.
"Consumers need to heed our warning: fireworks related incidents,
especially those involving illegal fireworks, can be fatal," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.
"Only use legal fireworks and follow CPSC's tips to ensure your
holiday remains festive and safe."
Columbia and Jefferson City Missouri Accident Attorneys urge you to stay
safe this Fourth of July and follow these fireworks safety tips:
• Alcohol and fireworks are a dangerous combination. To keep your
holiday parties safe, lighthearted and fun, assign a "designated
• Never allow young children to play with fireworks, even under supervision.
They are not children's toys and the consequences can be tragic. Sparklers
burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
(See below for our special "sparkler safety" tips.)
• Do not buy fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often the
sign that they are made for professional use, and could be dangerous to
untrained and unwary consumers.
• Light fireworks one at a time, and back up quickly to a safe distance
as soon as the fuse is lit.
• Have a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or
• If the firework doesn't fully ignite, do not try to re-light
it--toss it into your bucket of water.
• Never shoot off firecrackers in metal or glass containers.
• Douse spent firecrackers with water from the aforementioned bucket
or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
• Choose an open area to set off fireworks, away from people, dried
out vegetation (that can easily catch fire), homes or vehicles.
• Wet down the area with a garden hose to prevent fires from starting.
• Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives, they are much
more dangerous than the legal kind. Please provide a service to your community
by reporting illegal fireworks to your local fire or police department.
Special Safety Tips for Sparklers:
• Wear closed toe shoes when using sparklers, as the sparks may fall
and burn your feet
• Teach children (12 and over) to hold the lit sparkler away from
their body at arm's length
• Drop the spent sparkler immediately in water, the wire stays very
hot long after the sparkles have ceased.
• Stand at least six feet from a person with a lit sparkler.
For more information and to see a fireworks safety video, check out the
National Council on Fireworks Safety.
The Columbia Missouri Personal Injury Law Firm of
Aaron Sachs and Associates hopes you will have a wonderful, safe Independence Day. We wish you all
the best this holiday weekend.
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