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