At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our legal team has spent years protecting the rights of injured victims. As such, we have seen the devastating toll of fireworks accidents and with the Fourth of July fast approaching, we wish for all southern California residents to stay safe.
June is designated at National Fireworks Safety Month, a time for everyone to be aware of the dangers of fireworks and remember the safety precautions that should be taken when handling or near any sort of fireworks. Because of July 4th celebrations and the exciting nature of the summer season, June and July have the highest number of fireworks injuries. During a fireworks mishap, a victim will often receive serious burns and other damages when caught in a fireworks explosion or hit by burning embers. While professional fireworks shows have the occasional accident that ends in injuries, the majority of fireworks accidents happen when fireworks are used at home.
In California, the most dangerous fireworks are deemed illegal, but even smaller fireworks are still dangerous for children and adults alike and child injuries in Los Angeles are especially common for fireworks accidents. As such, everyone should be aware of how they can stay safe. Above all, using common sense in all situations can prevent accidents from occurring and keep your family safe.
Most importantly, keep children far away from any fireworks that are being used to prevent serious accidents from occurring and hurting young ones. It’s best to designate one responsible adult as the person in charge of lighting and disposing of all fireworks who will stay sober and enforce safety rules. As for using sparklers, the National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that only those ages 12 and older should handle the beautiful yet dangerous fireworks.
One of the most important safety measures to have on hand is a bucket of water. This will be used to soak all used fireworks in before throwing away, soak duds to ensure they do not later explode, place used sparklers in to cool off the burning hot sticks, and douse any fires that may accidentally spring up. A simple bucket of water can mean the difference between a fun and safe Fourth of July and a trip to the emergency room.
Unfortunately, not all fireworks-related accidents can be prevented when others act negligently or recklessly with such dangerous materials. The LA burn injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley are dedicated to helping those injured find proper compensation for their losses so that recovery without unfair financial burdens is possible. For more information on how we can help you in your case, call us today at 213-514-8332.