The 4th of July is a
weekend of celebration around Indianapolis, Indiana, and the rest of the country. As the holiday
has crept nearer, the familiar sounds of fireworks have begun to punctuate
the night. This weekend, those sounds will become impossible to ignore,
annoying neighbors with new babies and sending nervous dogs to cower under
beds and laps of humans.
Unfortunately, being forced to share the bed with your quaking pup isn’t
the most hazardous possibility when it comes to the 4th of July. The upcoming holiday weekend is by far the most popular time
of the year for fireworks. It’s also the emergency room’s
biggest weekend for firework injuries, with thousands of ER visits from
individuals who have been seriously hurt by malfunctioning or mishandled
Burns are the most common injury, but they can be life-altering. Over 60%
of firework burn victims have 2nd or 3rd degree burns, with 20% experiencing multiple degrees of burn on their
bodies. In Indiana, a full third of those visits are a result of eye,
face, and head injuries. Another large portion of firework injuries are
to the fingers, arms, and hands of users.
In addition to direct bodily harm caused by fireworks, the 4th of July weekend also bring the potential hazard of fires ignited by errant,
malfunctioning, or misused fireworks. These fires can cause significant
damage to homes, as well as death.
Firework Safety Tips
The National Council on Firework Safety provides the following recommendations for ensuring a fun and safe celebration:
We at Wagner Reese hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with relaxation
and celebration. Keep your children and your loved ones safe by following
your local laws and safety recommendations on fireworks. If an accident
should occur and cause bodily injury or serious property damage, our experienced team of
Indianapolis-based attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please call our personal
injury attorneys today at (888) 204-8440 for your FREE consultation.