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Fourth of July Safety: Avoiding San Diego Fireworks Injuries

While fireworks are beautiful, their inherent high risk of injury makes them better left for the professionals. Every Fourth of July, thousands of Americans visit the emergency room with serious burn and eye injuries resulting from fireworks-related accidents.

Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2014, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The majority occurred during the summer months. In fact, an estimated 67 percent of all fireworks-related injuries in 2014 occurred during the one-month period between June 20, 2014, and July 20, 2014.

If you can’t resist the temptation to light off a few fireworks this summer, please keep the following safety tips in mind:

•Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

•Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

•Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

•Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

•Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

•Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

•Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

•Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.

•Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

•After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.