As Independence Day approaches, millions of Americans look forward to enjoying impressive fireworks displays in their hometowns. Some families also like to incorporate fireworks in their own backyard celebrations. It is important to remember however, that fireworks are explosives. As such, they have the potential to cause serious injuries when they are misused or malfunction. A few simple tips can help make your July 4th party a safe celebration for everyone to enjoy.
Dangers of Fireworks
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that on average, more than 9,000 injuries are caused by fireworks every year. Most of these injuries are from home accidents rather than public displays. Injuries from fireworks include burns, lacerations, lost fingers or hands, and damage to hearing and eyesight.
Human error causes many fireworks injuries. Most consumer fireworks accidents happen when people light fireworks the wrong way, ignite them too close to other people, or hold them while igniting them. Fireworks that are purchased illegally may not be safe for use.
Malfunctioning fireworks are another common cause of fireworks injuries. Defective fireworks may ignite prematurely, preventing spectators from moving a safe distance away in time. Fireworks that are improperly manufactured can explode unpredictably, burning nearby people or structures. When fireworks designed to soar through the air malfunction, they can hit people or objects.
Fireworks Safety Tips
No one can prevent all accidents caused by defective products, but there are a few things consumers can do to help ensure safe fireworks celebrations. Consumers should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided on the package. Fireworks should never be modified or homemade. Defective fireworks should be disposed of responsibly. Used fireworks should never be re-ignited.
Children should never have access to fireworks without adult supervision. Even seemingly harmless fireworks such as sparklers can burn clothing, hair, and skin on close contact. Fireworks should always be used in open areas, free of objects including furniture, buildings, flowers and trees, as well as people and animals. Used and defective fireworks should be soaked in water to prevent accidental ignition.
Legal Recourse in Fireworks Accidents
Depending upon the circumstances of an accident, victims with injuries caused by fireworks may have some legal recourse. In some cases, companies hosting fireworks displays can be held liable for negligence when spectators are injured. Though laws vary by state, cities hosting fireworks displays are sometimes liable for injuries if they failed to obtain the proper permits or illegally used fireworks. When a person is injured by a malfunctioning firework, the seller and manufacturer can both potentially be held liable for the defective product.
Chester County Personal Injury Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Fight for Those Injured in Fireworks Accidents
Fireworks displays should be safe and enjoyable for everyone. When they are used illegally, improperly, or are defective, injuries from fireworks can be serious or even fatal. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from fireworks, or from any other accident during your summer celebration, a Chester County personal injury lawyer at McCann & Wall, LLC can help. McCann & Wall personal injury attorneys will assess your situation to determine if you have a viable premisesliability or product liability claim. We will fight to prove your case and obtain a fair settlement for your medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses.Call 215-515-2236 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Chester County personal injury lawyer today. McCann & Wall have offices in Philadelphia, Abington and Media, Pennsylvania, Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware to serve you.