July 3, 2013
With Independence Day just around the corner, many Americans are preparing for the holiday by stocking up on fireworks. However, these devices too often result in innocent victims suffering serious Fire and Burn Injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that as many as 200 people per day suffer such injuries in the two weeks prior to and following the Fourth of July holiday.
To help prevent these accidents from occurring, Indianapolis fire officials are offering several safety tips to follow when using fireworks. According to an article from The Indy Channel, Courtney Gordon, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Fire Department stated that each year, a large number of children under the age of 14 years old are injured while playing with fireworks.
For this reason, Gordon stated that children should never be allowed to use or ignite fireworks. Furthermore, fireworks should never be ignited within 50 feet of people or buildings. Also, a hose or bucket of water should be readily available to help extinguish discharged fireworks.
Gordon added that individuals should never attempt to pick up fireworks that fail to ignite.
The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious risks posed by handling fireworks. That is why the firm is hopeful these tips will help citizens enjoy a fun and safe holiday tomorrow!