Children are fascinated by fireworks. Although they are very beautiful
to look at, they pose the danger of causing injury to children. Every
parent and homeowner’s priority should be keeping children safe
when fireworks are present.
Accidents Related to Fireworks
Every year, accidents related to fireworks continue to rise. Fireworks
are also the cause of fires, a reported 15, 500 in 2010 alone, causing
eight deaths and over $36 million in direct property damage. Here are
some numbers to consider:
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported in 2010, 8600 injuries
and three deaths from firework accidents. 74 deaths happened between 2010 and 2012.
- 6300 of these accidents occurred between the dates June 18, 2010 and July
18, 2010, translating to 73 percent.
- More than half the injuries occurred to young people under the age 20,
translating to 53 percent. The risk of firework accidents was found to
be higher in children between the ages 5 and 14 years, with more than
twice the risk than that of the general population.
- Even fireworks considered “safe” caused accidents leading to
injuries. 900 injuries were sustained from firecrackers, 1200 from sparklers
and 400 from bottle rockets.
Prevention of Accidents
It is everyone’s responsibility to protect children from fireworks.
Parents should teach children about firework safety. Homeowners and premise
owners hosting fireworks events need to take precaution to ensure all
their guests, especially children, are safe. The following preventive
measures should be taken:
- Kids should not be allowed to play with fireworks without an adult present.
Even if the fireworks are labeled “safe and sane”, they still
pose a hazard. Another danger is children can start fires, thus fireworks
should only be lit by an adult and “enjoyed” with adult supervision.
- Don’t let children pick up firework pieces after they have been ignited,
as some may still be active and could explode.
- Don’t ignite fireworks in glass containers, as the heat can cause
the glass to explode, sending shards of glass towards onlookers.
- Do not forget pets. They also need to be protected against fireworks. Keep
pets inside, away from firework activities. Beware, ears of pets are very
sensitive, so they may mistake a firework as a toy and try to retrieve it.
One of the best ways to prevent firework injury is not to have fireworks
in a home setting. If you have fireworks in a home setting, taking precautions
can reduce the risks greatly. Your top priority should be keeping onlookers
safe, especially children. Make the celebration a happy occasion to remember
by putting safety first.
Who is to Blame if a Child is Injured by Fireworks?
Premise owners are held responsible for allowing inherently dangerous product
to be used on their property, that causes injury- particularly injuries
to children, who may not have been properly supervised or instructed to
stay out of harm’s way posed by fireworks. Depending on the circumstance,
a person can recover damages from injury caused by fireworks in a home-setting.
Damages to be recovered include medical expenses, pain, and disfigurement
under the property owner’s insurance policy.
If you or someone you care for has suffered a
personal injury due to the negligence of another party,
contact the attorneys at The Kyle Law Firm for a free consultation.