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Posted Jun 06, 2015
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As the July 4th holiday approaches with its awesome shows in the night skies, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is calling for vigilance when igniting fireworks.

In its most recent fireworks annual report, the agency is drawing attention to the jump in the number of deaths and injuries related to the use of these devices. The most common reasons for these accidents were product malfunction and improper use.

In 2013, there were eight deaths and 11,400 injuries—a statistically significant increase from the 8,700 injuries reported in 2012. In addition, of all the fireworks injuries that occurred in 2013, 65 percent of them (7,400) occurred over the 30 days surrounding July 4.

Children younger than 5 also experienced a higher estimated per capita injury rate than any other age group in 2013. Reports seem to indicate that consumers felt comfortable giving children firework products perceived as less dangerous, such as sparklers and bottle rockets. However in 2013, sparklers and rockets accounted for more than 40 percent of all estimated injuries, according to the CPSC.

As our nation prepares to commemorate Independence Day, Miami product liability lawyer Tod Aronovitz urges consumers to adopt the following 4th of July fireworks safety tips to minimize injuries:

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. 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 nearby to supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, which is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS), consumer fireworks are packaged in bright colors with safety warnings on the package. The packaging also displays the country of origin, which is usually China.
  • 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 re-light 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 away from them 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 the device to prevent a trash fire.

ATF encourages the public to report the manufacture or sale of illegal fireworks to your local law enforcement agencies.

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  • About the Author: Tod Aronovitz

     
    As President of The Florida Bar in 2002, Aronovitz served the state’s citizens and legal community through his impassioned leadership and dedication. His “Dignity in Law” Program improved public education and perception of lawyers and remains a part of the Bar’s communications efforts.