Staying Safe from Fireworks Injuries on the Fourth of July

By Cullan & Cullan on June 28, 2011 - Comments off

For many families, the Fourth of July is a festive time of food, fun and fireworks. Some people may choose to enjoy fireworks by attending a professional show. Others choose to purchase fireworks to set off at home. However, those who set off fireworks themselves should be aware of the fireworks safety tips provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

  • Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them.
  • Never allow young children to ignite or play with fireworks. Monitor children carefully around fireworks.
  • Don’t throw or point fireworks at another person.
  • Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly after lighting the fuse. Never try to re-light or pick up a firework that didn’t go off.
  • Keep a hose or bucket of water handy in case of emergency. Always douse fireworks after you are done to make sure they are completely out before throwing them away.

The most common types of injuries associated with fireworks are burns, especially to the hands and fingers. Also common are bruises and cuts to the head and foreign bodies in the eye. More than 40 percent of injuries are experienced by children under 15 years old.

Celebrating the Fourth of July is supposed to be fun and patriotic, but when someone gets hurt due to negligent or illegal use of fireworks, it is never fun. If you or someone you love has been injured by improper or negligent fireworks use in Nebraska, call the Omaha personal injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan today. Our lawyers are also physicians, making us uniquely suited to helping our clients with injury related cases. Call 1-402-397-7600 today for a free evaluation of your case.

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