The Dangers of Fireworks
The Dangers of Fireworks
Fireworks have become more than just a Fourth of July tradition that can lead to serious injuries
It’s summertime and that means we celebrate America the best way we know how: with endless firework displays! A time-honored tradition across the country, fireworks evoke memories of beaches, barbecues and spending time with friends and family. Fireworks have become a favorite of many throughout the year, not just on the Fourth of July. Weddings, ballgames and other celebrations are often commemorated with seemingly harmless fireworks. While fireworks are fun, they are also dangerous and should be treated accordingly.
In 2016, about 11,000 people were injured by fireworks. Of this number, 7,600 went to the emergency room for care due to firework-related injuries between June 18, 2016 and July 18, 2016. This data comes from a 2016 report published by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and its National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
Also in 2016, four people were fatally injured by fireworks. In fact, the CPSC found that there were 114 firework-related deaths between the years of 2001 and 2016. Meaning, during this time period, 7.1 died due to firework-related incidents each year. Take these numbers to heart when planning fireworks for you and your family. Even non-fatal firework injuries can still have devastating consequences. Former professional football player for the New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul blew off the majority of his hand in a 2015 firework accident. He has now filmed a PSA to warn people of the dangers of fireworks and cautions everyone to “Leave fireworks to the fireworks professionals.”
If you still choose to handle fireworks, please remember the following:
- Sparklers, while common and often used by kids, are just as hot as blowtorches. Avoid use or use under strict supervision.
- If you find that a firework is having trouble going off, you may consider it a dud. Proceed with caution even when handling duds. An out of view ember may still be burning and the firework may still ignite when you are near it or touching it.
- Refrain from using out of date fireworks. Fireworks have a shelf life of about a year. After that, they are more prone to malfunctions.
- Always have sand and water nearby when using fireworks. They can come in handy for quickly putting out fires.
If you or a loved one has been injured by fireworks due to someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, contact the Tennessee injury attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley, & Haley for a free consultation. We have been representing the injured for over 40 years. Call us at 615-893-1331 or go online to schedule your free case evaluation.