A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found the thirty days encompassing the Fourth of July holiday accounted for nearly two-thirds of all fireworks injuries in 2011. Four people were killed and 9,600 injured by professional and homemade fireworks last year.
The study found the most common firework injuries sustained were burns to the hands, face, ears, and eyes, and firecrackers, sparklers, and aerial fireworks were the most common culprits. A majority of the injuries sustained occurred due to improper usage or igniting unexpectedly.
The CPSC is partnering with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Department of Transportation to cease “the manufacture, importation, and sale of illegal fireworks.” In addition, the CPSC has published a collection of safety tips when using legal fireworks:
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or use
- Never allow young children to play with or light fireworks, including sparklers
- Always have an adult closely supervise older children are playing with fireworks
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is frequently a clue that the fireworks were made for professional use only
- Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse and quickly back away afterward
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks; soak them with water and dispose
- Never throw or aim fireworks at another person.
- Never shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers
If your child or loved one has been injured in a firework related accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact Burnetti. P.A.’s Florida personal injury lawyers at 1-888-BURNETTI.