December 28th, 2017
With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, we wanted to share important information, as well as a few safety tips regarding the use of fireworks this holiday season. There are many stories around the world where one misplaced firework can lead to massive explosions. It is important to understand not only how to stay safe around fireworks, but what to do if you are injured due to the negligence of another party handling fireworks. Negligent parties can include manufacturers and individuals who fail to take necessary precautions when dealing with fireworks.
Potential Dangers of Fireworks
When a firework is ignited or disposed of incorrectly, the consequences can be devastating. From property damage to bodily injury, negligent conduct regarding consumer fireworks can have a severe impact on its victims. The most obvious, and perhaps most dangerous risk that comes with using or watching fireworks is physical harm, such as severe burn injuries. Situations that cause these types of injuries usually include insufficient space or misconduct when igniting fireworks. Lack of knowledge on how to properly light and view fireworks can also lead to physical injuries. Other common firework-related injuries include eye injuries and severe limb damage.
Fireworks can also cause structural damage to your property. This is usually a result of poor weather conditions and improper firework placement. To ensure the safety of all attending, choose a location that is in a large, open area far away from any buildings or adjacent properties.
Lastly, fireworks that are made or used incorrectly largely increase the risk of starting a fire. This is especially a risk at large events, such as New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, where crowds of people gather to view extravagant firework displays. Again, the most common cause of fires results from inadequate space. Firework displays near small shrubs or forested areas are likely to spark if managed incorrectly.
It is important to note that damages caused by fireworks can also be related to how the product was manufactured. If you believe you purchased a firework that was made incorrectly and have sustained damages as a result, you may have legal recourse.
Safety Tips for Firework Use
Below we have provided a few safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe when using or viewing fireworks:
- Children should never be allowed to ignite fireworks and should always be supervised when viewing them.
- Make sure your city ordinance allows the use of fireworks before purchasing them.
- Never try to re-light or pick up a firework that did not fully ignite.
- Never aim fireworks at a person or object.
- After a firework has been ignited, submerge it in water before disposing it in the trash.
- Ignite fireworks on a clear, flat surface away from other buildings and flammable materials.
- Ignite fireworks on at a time, giving yourself plenty of time to maintain the appropriate space after lighting one.
Following these tips can help provide a safe and enjoyable environment for you and your family this holiday season.
While a lot of this information seems self explanatory, it is important to understand how to enjoy fireworks responsibly. Even companies that provide large firework displays must adhere to these warnings because of the amount of people who come to view them.
On Christmas Eve of this year, more than 30 people were injured in a fireworks explosion at a popular Cuban carnival. On the Fourth of July in Arizona, firefighters were called to respond to a blaze caused by a firework that had gone off early and landed in the nearby brush. Luckily, no one was injured; however, instances like these serve as a reminder that there is a possibility of injury when attending firework displays.
Contact a Burn Injury Lawyer for Firework Injuries
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from attending a firework display due to the negligence of others, you may be entitled to damages. Contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. to talk to one of our burn injury lawyers today. Call us at (713) 932-0777 to set up a free consultation.
Priyanka Kasnavia has been writing blogs for Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., for the past two years. She is a rising 2L at the University of Houston Law Center and her expertise centers on research, search engine optimization, and content creation.