Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Remember, fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries. Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think. Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees.
Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
- Never use illegal fireworks.
Martin Law Office, S.C. wishes you and your loved ones a happy, fun, and safe Fourth of July. But, if you experience an accident this holiday weekend caused by a faulty product or another party, please contact our office directly at 414-856-4010 for your free consultation or start a live chat 24/7 on our website.