How to Stay Safe this Fourth of July
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Jun 25, 2015 in Personal Injury
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, more than 11,000 fireworks-related injuries were reported.
Each year, millions of Americans enjoy fireworks at home or at a local fireworks display. Unfortunately, thousands are injured and rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
Have you been injured as a result of someone else's negligence while handling fireworks? The personal injury attorneys at Gordon & Partners can help to determine your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
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Burns, Head and Chest Trauma are Common
The number of fireworks-related injuries has jumped over the years, and some believe that it may be a result of the accessibility of fireworks. Although some retailers require customers be 18 years or older, those under the legal age of purchase may use them during the holiday.
On overage, about 240 people go to the emergency room each year with fireworks-related injuries. Some of the most common body parts injured include:
- Hands and fingers
- Head, face and ears
Fatalities may also occur as a result of fireworks. In 2013, eight deaths were attributed to fireworks; some of the deaths were a result of house fires caused by fireworks.
Gordon & Partners recommends the following fireworks safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones safety during the holiday weekend.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers can, and have, caused injuries to children.
- Always have adults supervise fireworks activities.
- When lighting the fuse, stand and point the fireworks away from you.
- Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Keep water close by in case of an accident.
Additionally, consumers should always purchase fireworks that are legal and not made for professional displays as these types of fireworks could pose a danger to consumers.
If you or someone you love is injured as a result of the careless handling of fireworks this holiday, contact attorneys with the experience and knowledge you need to fight for your rights. The team of lawyers at Gordon & Partners have decades of experience handling personal injury claims and will work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve.