It is that time of year where we celebrate our nations’ independence with family and friends. During this time it is very common for fireworks to be lit, however, even though fireworks are often used as a means for celebration, they can also bring serious injuries, burns and even death.
In fact, according to a report done by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2011, there were 9,600 fireworks-related injuries that were treated in the U.S. hospital emergency rooms. This trend in fireworks-related injuries is nothing new. Since 1997, fireworks-related injuries has been in the range of 8,500 to 9,800.
To help eliminate injuries and educate individuals on safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks, the Michigan fireworks injury accident lawyers at the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is sharing some safety tips for the Fourth of July season. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a Michigan personal injury law firm representing individuals suffering severe burn injuries and other serious injuries resulting from a fireworks accident.
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks or ignite them under any circumstances.
- Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, grass, or other flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Wait twenty minutes then soak them with water and throw them away.
- Only use fireworks as intended – do not try to alter or combine them in any way.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Make sure all fireworks are legal in your area before buying them or using them.
In addition to these safety tips, the fireworks accident attorneys would also like to warn parents of the serious dangers of sparklers. Young children can suffer severe burn injuries from sparklers. In fact, according to the CPSC , sparklers do cause the most injury compared to any other type of firecracker and burn at temperatures at 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
Victims killed or suffering burn injuries in fireworks accident in Michigan do have legal rights and may be able to file a fireworks accident lawsuit. Depending on how the injury resulted, a person may be able to file a claim and collect compensation for their pain and suffering from the burn injury, scars and disfigurements caused by the burn, and the medical expenses related to the injuries.
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. , their Michigan attorneys handle cases for burn injury clients who have suffered injuries in an accident. The firm also offers a No Win No Fee Promise, which guarantees there are no legal fees or costs until the client’s case is settled or won.
For more information about the award winning accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. call toll-free at (800) 606-1717 or visit the law firm website at http://www.BuckfireLaw.com