Independence Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our nation's freedom, its boundless resources, and its democratic political system. But just as democracy works best when there are checks and balances, so must every Fourth of July reveler be cautious not to go too far with the pyrotechnics. You'll get hurt. It will not be fun.
Every year, the attorneys at Jones Ward PLC receive information or phone calls about injuries that are caused by fireworks. Almost half of fireworks injuries in the United States involve children age 15 or younger. About 8,700 fireworks-related injuries resulted in a trip to a local hospital ER in 2012, according to figures from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The most common injuries, the CPSC says, are the hands and fingers, followed by the hands, face, eyes, and torso. Ouch.
Most were because of misuse or malfunctions, including igniting fireworks too close to someone, lighting fireworks improperly, lighting fireworks in someone's hand, or playing with lit or used fireworks.
So this holiday, please use caution around fireworks. For specific tips on safety, see this excellent list provided by news media:
• Only adults should handle fireworks. Tell children to leave the area immediately if their friends are using fireworks without adult supervision.
• Discuss safety procedures with children. Teach them to "stop, drop and roll" in the event their clothes catch fire. Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher handy.
• Read labels carefully and follow all directions.
• Never use fireworks -- of any kind -- indoors.
• All spectators should be out of range before fireworks are ignited. At least half of all firework injuries are to bystanders.
• Never aim or throw fireworks at another person.
• Do not hold a firework to light it. Place it on the ground.
• Never try to reignite fireworks that fail to go off.
• Keep your face and other body parts away from fireworks while igniting; goggles are recommended.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, contact Attorney Alex Davis for a free case evaluation, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org