Fireworks can be very spectacular on the Fourth of July, which is any family’s favorite holiday. Unfortunately, these dazzling displays can be the culprit of some of the most serious injuries during the celebration.
Accidents from fireworks can occur for several reasons. Sometimes, the firework was ignited improperly, was ignited too close to other people, or was ignited while held in a person’s hand.
Firework-related injuries are common, and in order to prevent serious injuries, it is very important to use fireworks properly and follow all safety procedures.
How Do I Protect My Children from Firework-Related Injuries?
Every year, there are many children who are injured by fireworks. In 2013, there were 116 Illinois residents who suffered injuries from the use of fireworks children made up 41 percent of those injuries.
While it is best to attend a professional fireworks display, it is still safe to use fireworks outside your home. Families and children who will be using fireworks on or around the 4th of July should implement certain safety measures such as the following:
- Teens who are using fireworks should be closely monitored and supervised.
- Young children should not be using fireworks nor be in close proximity to fireworks.
- Before using fireworks, read the directions and caution label to understand how to properly use them.
- Avoid using professional fireworks and illegal explosives.
- Wear eye protection when setting off fireworks.
- Do not use fireworks indoors.
- When using fireworks, keep a water hose or bucket full of water near you or your children.
It is essential to keep in mind that not all counties permit the use of fireworks at home. If your county prohibits the use of fireworks, you should not use them.
Contact a Cook County Personal Injury Lawyer Today
An accident from the use of fireworks can be life-changing for you and your family. Chicago personal injury attorney Richard Pullano has 30 years of experience in the personal injury field. If you or your child suffered an injury while attending a fireworks display, Attorney Pullano is prepared to assist you. At your earliest convenience, please schedule your free initial consultation with Pullano & Siporin at (312) 551-1100 to get the help you deserve.