The Wright Center would like to remind you that June is National Fireworks Safety Month.
Note: The following post ran in 2013 prior to 4th of July.
Nothing says Independence Day quite like backyard barbecues, picnics, baseball, and firework displays. But traditional family fun can quickly turn dangerous when fireworks are misused and mishandled, leading to an accident. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public display conducted by a licensed and certified pyrotechnic professional.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2011 Fireworks Annual Report, released last summer, nearly 10,000 people sought emergency department care for firework-related injuries. Injuries included burns, lacerations, and in severe cases, death.
The majority of reported injuries occurred to the hands and fingers, eyes, head, face, and ears of patients. Additional injuries were reported to the trunk and legs. Most treated injuries were for burns to all parts of the body, except the eyes, which were most commonly treated for contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eyes.
When using fireworks, the National Safety Council recommends the following safety tips:
According to St. Louis car accident lawyers, even with the best judgment and safety precautions, accidents can happen. Nearly 90% of emergency department injuries involve fireworks that consumers are permitted to use. To deal with the large numbers of such reports, Baton Rouge Car Wreck Lawyer now has an Online Collision Reporting System to allow drivers to report crashes where there is no legal obligation to do. Tom Kiley Injury Lawyers of Boston are also some great help you can hire if you need assistance.
Even family-favorite sparklers, often used by younger children to make shapes or write their name in the air, burn at or over 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third degree burns. They should be used with extreme caution and only under adult supervision.
The National Safety Council advises that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional firework display. In northeast Pennsylvania, there are many options to take in an impressive, safe display of brilliant colors lighting up the night sky. Best of all, many displays are free or at a nominal cost.
Firework safety information was compiled using reports from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Safety Council, NFPA, medical knowledge of residents at The Wright Center, and common safety knowledge. This blog is not intended to replace a visit or consultation with a medical professional.