Fireworks causes injuries in every month of the year but these types of burn injuries are particularly common in June and July. As you get ready to enjoy the summer, consider a few simple ways you can help to prevent you or a loved one from being the victim of a firework injury. If you are injured, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free consultation to find out what your legal options are.
Common Fireworks Injuries
According to a group called Prevent Blindness America, it is common for people to experience eye injuries if they are involved in an accident with fireworks. Of course fireworks accidents can cause burns and serious injuries as well. Children are most likely to suffer from a firework injury because fireworks are so beautiful and they do not yet understand just how dangerous they are.
Be Familiar with Your Local Fireworks Laws and Ordinances
The first thing you can do is to know what the laws are. Look at both Arizona state laws and the laws of Phoenix or your municipality. There may be certain types of fireworks that are restricted, or certain precautions may be required. These rules are not arbitrary – they are there to protect you. Following them not only helps prevent legal consequences for using fireworks, but it reduces the chance of an accident.
Never Let Children Play with Fireworks
This may seem like a given but many parents give their children hand-held fireworks such as sparklers. These are in fact often marketed toward children but the fact of the matter is that they can actually get as hot as 1,000F. This can cause serious burn injuries and much more. Do not let kids touch, hold, play with, or light fireworks.
Choose One Adult to Handle the Fireworks
If you have a single adult in a specific area that’s being used only to set off fireworks, you can better keep the group safe. Make sure that everyone else is at least a few yards away. Have a fire extinguisher and / or hose nearby in case of an issue.
Go See a Professional Fireworks Installation
Why do fireworks at home when you can see much more impressive fireworks that are done safely and professionally? If there is an option nearby you, then we recommend leaving this to professionals to prevent injury.
In the event that you or a loved one is injured by a firework in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may have legal grounds for a personal injury case. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation. We will let you know what your options are, if you have a case, and how a personal injury attorney can help you.