Fireworks: A Dangerous Tradition
Summer is notorious for its outdoor activities and family celebrations. Fireworks are a common and exciting tradition used in many celebrations. While fireworks are fun and legal in most states, they are extremely dangerous and should be reserved for professional use only. It is always safest to not use fireworks at home. The majority of firework-related injuries and accidents are caused by amateur use. On average, fireworks start 18,500 fires each year. In 2017, 8 people died and an additional 12,000 were severely injured requiring medical attention. Of these serious injuries, 50% were children and young adults under the age of twenty. In order to avoid injuries like these, leave firework use to the professionals.
If fireworks are legal in your state and you choose to use them keep the following safety precautions in mind:
- Keep them away from small children and never let children handle fireworks on their own.
- Never use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never hold an ignited firework in your hand. Doing so could cause serious burns.
- Never light fireworks indoors.
- Do not point fireworks at other people.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby.
- Never light fireworks in a closed container.
- Only light one at a time.
Contrary to popular belief, Sparklers can be just as dangerous as fireworks. They are often viewed as a less dangerous alternative and many small children can be seen with them at parades and celebrations. Sparklers can reach up to 2,000 degrees. With an emerging spark on the end, sparklers are notorious for catching clothes on fire. Many people each year suffer severe burns on their feet from dropping sparklers or from falling ash. Sparklers make up about 25% of all firework related emergency room visits.
Before your family celebrates any occasion, make sure everyone is aware of these firework safety precautions. If an injury does occur, contact a doctor immediately or go to a hospital.
In the case of an eye injury:
- Don’t let the victim touch or rub the injury as it could cause additional damage.
- Do not flush the eye with water or put any ointment on it.
- Cover the eye with a cloth or other means of protection and seek medical attention right away. A person’s eyesight could be permanently impaired if not treated right away.
In the case of a burn:
- Remove any clothing from the burned area.
- Call/seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Fireworks are an enjoyable event for many traditions. Do not let reckless or armature use ruin a family celebration. Leave it to the pros.
If you or a loved one are injured because of someone else’s reckless behavior, you may be entitled for compensation for your injuries and suffering. Call a Spiros Law attorney at (815) 929-9292. Let us take the weight off your shoulders and deal with medical bills and insurance. We are here to support you all the way through your recovery.