Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Fireworks SafetyJuly 1, 2016
For many people in the United States, the Fourth of July is not complete without a spectacular fireworks display. It is a time-honored tradition that brings a celebratory end to a day filled with friends, family, parades, barbecues, and picnics. Unfortunately, when not used properly, fireworks can be extremely dangerous, causing severe burns, loss of fingers, and other serious personal injuries. In 2013 alone, eight people lost their lives in firework-related accidents and approximately 11,400 had injuries that required medical attention. With a little common sense and remembering to follow some simple safety tips, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show this Independence Day.
Like any potentially dangerous device, fireworks should only be used by seasoned professionals who know how to properly handle them. Just because fireworks are legal in your state does not mean it is a good idea to purchase them and light them up in your backyard. Some products are produced illegally without any strict quality control, increasing your chances of being severely injured. While they may get the most publicity, fireworks are not the only dangerous pyrotechnic toys.
The following products can also be much more dangerous than people might think:
- Sparklers: These seemingly innocent hand-held sparklers can get as hot as 2,000 degrees. They can cause clothing to catch on fire, and can cause severe burns on hands and feet if dropped.
- Bottle Rockets: Small rockets attached to a stick, these products are usually lit by a fuse and fired from a bottle. The majority of victims injured by bottle rockets are children and teens that have been known to fire them at each other, causing burns and other injuries to the chest, head, and eyes.
- Firecrackers: These explode when they hit the ground and are mostly just for noise. However, they can also cause burns and other injuries if not used correctly.
- Roman Candles: These shoot exploding shells from a hand held tube. Burns and other injuries can occur, especially if the device becomes jammed.
Fireworks Safety Tips
- Never let young children anywhere near fireworks.
- Do not purchase fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. This usually means that the product is for professionals only and could be dangerous if used by consumers.
- Whether it is fireworks or sparklers, always make sure there is adult supervision when using fireworks.
- Do not stand directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Stand a safe distance back from the product.
- If the fireworks have not ignited properly, do not attempt to re-light it or pick it up.
- Never light multiple fireworks at one time.
- Do not carry fireworks in a pocket or ignite them in metal or glass containers.
- To prevent a trash fire, douse used fireworks with water from a bucket or hose before placing them in the trash.
- Obey local and state laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
Injuries from fireworks can happen when you least expect it, but they are more likely to happen if you are too close to the fireworks when they explode; if you do not handle them safely; or if you attempt to make your own firework devices. You can find a wide range of information about fireworks safety on the National Council on Fireworks Safety’s website.
Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims injured in Fireworks Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident involving fireworks, sparklers, bottle rockets, or any other related device, contact the Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent injured accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.