Enjoy Fireworks Safely This Summer
Fireworks are often one of the most enjoyable parts of summer in Texas, even after the Fourth of July holiday. When an accident occurs, however, serious injuries can result. Experienced Texas personal injury lawyers were particularly dismayed to hear that over 11,400 people in the U.S. were injured by fireworks last summer – nearly 2,000 more injuries than in 2012! Eight people lost their lives last summer to fireworks injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and thousands more suffered serious, life-altering burns, amputations, and other harm.
You can help make 2014 a safer summer than 2013 by keeping in mind these fireworks safety tips from the CPSC:
- Plan ahead. Check to make sure that it is not too dry in your area to light fireworks safely. Create an open space in which to light fireworks that is clear of brush, trash, and other flammable items. Keep the audience at a safe distance from the lighting area, as well.
- Choose fireworks wisely. Buy fireworks only from trustworthy vendors, and choose only fireworks that are legal in Texas. Avoid fireworks wrapped in plain brown paper; these are usually designed for professional shows only and may cause serious harm if lit in a backyard.
- Watch the kids. Never let children light fireworks or play with sparklers unattended. Assign at least one adult to watch children at all times, and keep a first aid kit handy in case of burns.
- Use plenty of water. Keep a hose or bucket handy in case of fire. When fireworks are used up, soak them in a bucket of water before placing them in the trash. This will help prevent a trash fire.
The Fourth of July holiday may have passed, but that does not mean that you should ignore firework safety during the rest of your summer celebrations. Always make safety a priority.