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Fireworks Accident Statistics-and How to Avoid Becoming One of Them

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Jul-2017

Few places around the country celebrate Independence Day quite like our nation’s capital. However, with all the fireworks activity destined to occur around the DC area this year, there’s no better time to be mindful of the inherent dangers they present and the importance of celebrating safely. Before you begin lighting up those fireworks this year, consider the following:

  • Approximately 10,500 Americans went to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries in 2014. About 7000 of these occurred between June 20 and July 20. (Source: CSPC)
  • Children under age 15 accounted for 35 percent of fireworks injuries; people under age 20 accounted for nearly half. (Source: Same as above.)
  • Fireworks caused approximately 15,600 fires in 2013. This number includes 1,400 structure fires. (Source: NFPA)
  • While often considered “safe,” sparklers represent the largest cause of fireworks-related accidents, at 22 percent. (Source: Boston Globe)

How to Stay Safe

Obviously, the best way to prevent fireworks-related accidents is to avoid them completely. However, if you or your family chooses to indulge over the 4th of July holiday, reduce your risks of injury by doing the following:

  • Use them only in an open area, away from grass, brush or other objects that can easily ignite.
  • Wear safety goggles when handling or lighting fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks away from children and pets. They should watch, not use.
  • Never aim bottle rockets or other launching fireworks horizontally. Always aim them toward the sky.
  • Never place fireworks into containers like metal or glass. These can send projectiles flying upon explosion.
  • Keep a hose or bucket of water handy in case of fire.
  • Never try to re-light a “dud” firework.

For additional fireworks safety information, check out our post on Fireworks Accident Prevention Tips.

If you have suffered an injury accident due to improper use of fireworks or other causes, our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can help. Please reach out to us for more information.

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