The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently conducted a study regarding the emergency related injuries and deaths caused by fireworks. You can find the entire study here. You can find a summary of the findings here.
Of the findings, perhaps the most predictable was that 65% of the injuries that were caused by fireworks, occurred during the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. More than half of the injuries were caused by unexpected ignition of the device, or fireworks being used in improper ways. Four consumers were killed, while 9,600 were injured by professional grade or homemade firework devices.
With these thoughts in mind, the following is a list of precautions offered by the CPSC in order to be as safe as possible when using legally acquired fireworks:
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Parents may not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees-hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, 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.

Be sure to check out other recalls or read more about products liability.

If you or a loved one has been injured by fireworks or another defective product, you may have a claim against the manufacturer. Even though the products may be inherently dangerous, manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products conform to a certain standard. For example, several of the safety tips listed above discuss fireworks that don't light properly.

If you have been injured by an errant firework, or other defective product, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced Lead Counsel products liability attorney to discuss your potential legal claims.

Be safe as we celebrate our Nation's Declaration of Independence, and remember the powerful statement that is part of the act we are celebrating:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.