Around this time every year, friends and families of all ages are preparing to celebrate one of our most beloved and historic national holidays, Independence Day. Among the most traditional and fun-filled festivities planned for the 4th of July, the most common are fireworks and cookouts. However, these two activities are also well-known for posing several serious risks and potential injuries. So, as you prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, be sure you are being safe and responsible.
Continue reading to review some of the top safety tips for celebrating Independence Day, and how to learn your rights after being wrongly injured by a Fourth of July related accident in Indiana.
Fourth of July Injury Statistics
Fireworks are dangerous, and can cause a wide spectrum of injuries, from minor to major. In fact, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that around this time of year, an average of 230 people visit the emergency room EVERY DAY as a result of 4th of July Holiday-related firework injuries.
The most common types of injuries reported by fireworks are burn injuries, which is why it is so vital for children of all ages to be fully supervised while playing with them. Did you know that even sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees? And of course, children are the top victims of second and third degree burns caused by sparklers and similar fireworks.
Keep in mind that not all Fourth of July injuries are firework-related. Many people celebrate Independence Day with campfires, cookouts, and grilling. As a result, there are many other kinds of burn injuries, smoke injuries, and fire accidents that occur during 4th of July parties and get-togethers.
Additional types of Fourth of July injuries that are the mostly commonly reported this time of year include loss of hearing, blindness, amputations, smoke inhalation, PTSD, and shock. People have lost eyeballs, fingers, limbs, and suffered permanent scarring or disfigurement.
Important Safety Tips to Follow This Independence Day:
🎆 Monitor and assist children with fireworks at all times. Never allow children to play with fireworks alone, even sparklers.
🎆 Never keep your body parts near a firework. Maintain a safe distance, even when lighting them.
🎆 Immediately back FAR away from a firework after lighting it.
🎆 Never light multiple fireworks at once. Always light one at a time.
🎆 Have a full bucket of water or a hose that is already turned on in the case of a fire.
🎆 Always drench a firework with water before tossing it into the garbage.
🎆 Purchase and use LEGAL fireworks in Indiana.
🎆 If cooking out, monitor the grill at all times.
🎆 Position your grill in an open area away from the house and other structures.
🎆 Follow the grill’s manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.
🎆 Use long-handled grilling tools to avoid burn injuries.
🎆 Do not let children use or turn on the grill.
If you or your loved one is injured, either by a firework, fire, burn, or other type of 4th of July accident, it is important that you learn your rights to recovering compensation for your damages and losses. Contact the Law Office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 and schedule a free case evaluation with a skilled Indianapolis Indiana accident attorney who truly wants to see you fully compensated after being injured as a result of another’s negligence. We represent injured persons throughout the state of Indiana.
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