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Monday, July 2, 2018

Celebrate Safely!

Sparklers and other “non-explosive” fireworks are legal in Georgia, but precautions still need to be taken to avoid personal injury. Surprisingly, sparklers caused more firework-related injuries last year than any other single type of firework novelty causing about 14% of injuries.

According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, there were 8 fireworks-related deaths reported in 2017. There were also an estimated 12,900 fireworks related injuries that required an emergency room visit 67% of which took place in the 30-day period surrounding the 4th of July.  Among the thousands of people treated for fireworks-related injuries, most of them were children.

In addition to personal injury, fireworks can also cause significant property damage. On July 4th, fireworks start more fires nationwide than all other causes combined.

Here are some basic safety measures you should take when handling fireworks:

  • Buy fireworks from reliable dealers
  • Read and follow all instructions printed on the package
  • Only use fireworks outside
  • Make sure you have a working hose nearby
  • Do not allow children to play with fireworks. Last year, children under the age of 5 were more likely to be hurt by fireworks than any other age group.
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks and don’t light multiple fireworks are once
  • Do not point fireworks at people or carry them in your pocket
  • Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before disposing of them

The Henry County Fire Department urges local residents to leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks and only attend outdoor public displays put on by professionals. But if you, or someone you love, have been injured in a firework related incident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Many personal injuries caused by fireworks - especially accidents involving children - are often a result of negligence and you may deserve compensation. Burns are the most common injury caused by fireworks, and while minor burns may heal without medical attention, but third degree burns may need extensive medical treatment such as skin grafts.

For more information on this topic, or for a free personal injury consultation, email personal injury attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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