On June 26, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its annual report on fireworks injuries and deaths at the National Mall. The data contained within the report was troubling, to say the least.
In 2012, six men were killed by firework devices, both legal and illegal. Around 8,700 suffered fireworks-related injuries; more than 5,000 of those injuries occurred between June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012. In other words, the injuries that occurred during the 30 days surrounding Independence Day constituted 60 percent of the year’s total.
CPSC investigations into these incidents revealed that many of these injuries occurred due to malfunctioning fireworks or improper use. Most victims sustained only minor injuries and recovered fully or were expected to in a short time; however, there were several reports of victims sustaining more serious, long-term injuries.
The Fourth of July is once again approaching near. County fairs and backyard parties will soon spring up in anticipation of the national holiday. Grills will be prepped, drinks will be made, and, of course, fireworks will be lit. This time around, Georgia citizens should do their best to avoid recreating last year’s appalling statistics and follow these fireworks safety guidelines provided by the CPSC:
- Make sure the fireworks you are purchasing and using are legal in your area.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals.
- Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
- Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. These are often for professional use only and should not be used by consumers.
- Keep a safe distance from any fireworks devices after they have been lit.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.
- Never try to relight malfunctioning fireworks.
- Never, ever direct fireworks at another person.
It is the wish of all those at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. for everyone to keep safe this Fourth of July. Unfortunately, there will inevitably be occurrences of injury this year due to the reckless actions of others. If worst comes to worst, and you require the help of an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney, contact us at (404) 995-3955.