Each year, thousands of locals enjoy fireworks displays at home or at a local event. Unfortunately, some of these individuals may become victims of an accident.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2013, more than 11,000 people visited the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries.
If you or someone you love is injured this holiday weekend as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the personal injury attorneys at Schmidt Kramer. With decades of experience handling personal injury claims, we can help you.
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The CPSC notes that one in four children suffer fireworks-related injuries as bystanders at local events and at backyard fireworks displays. Although children enjoy using sparklers, which can seem harmless, they can actually reach up 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and cause serious burns.
Burns, cuts and eye injuries are some common fireworks-related injuries. However, some victims have also experienced injuries to the ears, torso and arms. Primarily, these occur when a person is too close to the firework ignitor.
Along with physical injuries, fireworks may also lead to house fires. It has been estimated that fires from fireworks caused $25 million worth of damage each year.
Consider the following fireworks tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe this holiday:
- Always have adult supervision.
- Young children should not be allowed to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Fireworks should be lit one at a time.
- Avoid standing too close to the ignitor.
- Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of an accident.
In Pennsylvania, novelty and ground fireworks are permitted, but bombs, shells and aerial fireworks should not be purchased or used.
If you or someone you know is injured as a result of negligent fireworks handling, contact the lawyers at Schmidt Kramer. Our experienced team of attorneys can investigate your claim, and build a strong case in your favor.