“Consumers need to heed our warning: fireworks related incidents, especially those involving illegal fireworks, can be fatal,” said the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. As the Fourth of July approaches, it’s important to remember that even legal fireworks are dangerous, especially when they are not treated with necessary caution.
According to the CPSC, there are six main reasons that injuries occur:
- Availability: Despite federal and state regulations, highly dangerous and illegal fireworks still make their way to the public.
- Fireworks type: There are many types of fireworks but some that may be legal are still dangerous. Bottle rockets may fly into the face, sparklers can light clothing on fire and firecrackers can injure the hands and face.
- Close proximity: Injuries may occur when fireworks go off too close to people.
- Lack of physical coordination: Young children do not have the coordination to safely handle fireworks.
- Curiosity: Children who are curious may get too close to lit fireworks or try to look at a device that initially seemed to be a dud and then explodes.
- Experimentation: Homemade fireworks and those made by combining several devices can be dangerous and unpredictable.
Across the U.S. in 2008, seven people died and 7,000 people were seen in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a fireworks accident due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Waldorf personal injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer will analyze your case and help you get the damages you may be owed by the responsible party. Call today to speak to us about your case at 301-932-9997.