Naples Accident Attorneys: Fireworks Safety Tips For a Safe Holiday

by Carmen Dellutri on July 2, 2012

Naples accident attorneyWhile fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July, it is better to leave them to the professionals. As Naples accidents attorneys, we have seen firsthand how dangerous fireworks can be, leading to burns, eye injuries, and even death.

According to the latest statistics, approximately 8,600 consumers ended up in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries involving legal and illegal fireworks in 2010. In addition, an estimated 40% of those injured were less than 15 years of age.

If you do plan to use fireworks this holiday weekend, please keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Source: CPSC

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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