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Fourth of July Fun Increases Risk of Fireworks Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 30, 2011

The Fourth of July means outdoor fun for thousands of Americans who celebrate U.S. independence on this day. Fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July festivities nationwide, as families travel to professional shows or light fireworks in their own backyards. It’s no surprise, then, that the risk of fireworks-related injuries increases dramatically in the weeks surrounding Independence Day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Each year, approximately 8,500 Americans suffer fireworks-related injuries. Nearly half of those injured are children. Children are at increased risk of fireworks injuries because they are often fascinated by fireworks and want to play with them, but they don’t yet have the maturity or coordination to handle fireworks without getting burnt. Also, many parents assume that smaller fireworks, like firecrackers or sparklers, are safe for kids to use without supervision. As the CDC warns, however, even small fireworks can cause big injuries.

Teaching kids safety rules for using fireworks can help prevent injuries. Never let children light fireworks or carry lit fireworks. Instead, have kids stand back a safe distance while one adult lights the fireworks. Keep a bucket of water or a hose on site in case sparks from fireworks cause a fire. Never point fireworks at another person or pet. Used fireworks should be soaked with water before they are put in the trash, so that errant sparks can’t light the trash can on fire.

Using good safety sense around fireworks can help prevent injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured by fireworks because of another person’s negligence, however, an experienced Washington injury attorney like those at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help you seek the compensation you deserve. To learn more, call us today at 888-228-3860 for a free and confidential consultation.

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