The Fourth of July holiday weekend is almost here, and our Missouri
personal injury lawyers want to remind you about the importance of fireworks safety at
this time of year. On average, 200 people are treated in emergency rooms
nationwide during the month around July for fireworks related injuries.
As you celebrate this year, be sure to take precautions to help prevent
injury. Below, we share a few useful safety suggestions
Fireworks safety: A few tips for the Fourth of July holiday
- Don't allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never try to pick up or re-light "duds" - fireworks that haven't
- Always keep a bucket of water or garden hose on hand.
- Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, structures,
or any flammable materials.
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than half
of all fireworks-related injuries are burns. 41% are injuries to hands/fingers,
and 19% are to hands, faces and ears. Be sure these areas are protected
when igniting fireworks.
- Illegal and homemade fireworks were involved in all six fireworks-related
deaths that occurred last year: if you plan to use fireworks this holiday
weekend, make sure the ones you purchase are legal.
Burn injuries more common during the summer months
In general, burn injuries occur more frequently in the summer, when temperatures
soar and conditions tend to be dry, creating ideal circumstances for fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires cost residents
of Missouri and the US more than $15.5 billion in damage in recent years.
These kinds of incidents can lead to property damage, serious personal
injury, and even death. Many fires lead to serious burn injuries that
can have long-lasting negative effects on victims and their families.
The American Burn Association reveals that more than one million burn injuries
require medical treatment every year, and the cost from medical bills
resulting from these injuries can be financially crippling.
Burn injuries can take years to recover fully from, and some sufferers never completely
recover. Treatment can be lengthy and painful, and is often extraordinarily
expensive. Victims of burn injuries should be aware that they may be entitled
to compensation for their losses.