Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July, and are often set off by families celebrating this and other summer festivities. Different towns in the Kansas City area set their own regulations concerning the lighting of fireworks. It should be noted that fireworks are illegal within the Kansas City limits, and their use severely limited in several surrounding towns. Check with your local leaders to determine whether and when the use of fireworks is permitted before planning your July 4th festivities.
For those who do plan to light some fireworks this Fourth of July, the following safety tips set out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should be observed to prevent serious injury or even death:
- Be sure all other people are out of the way when lighting fireworks
- When watching fireworks, do not stand too close
- Never point fireworks at other people or throw them
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks or try to combine them
- Do not stand directly over fireworks when lighting them; instead, always stand to the side and move immediately back after the fuse has been lit
- Light fireworks in a clear area, outdoors and away from houses, dry grass, or anything else that could be flammable
- Keep unused devices away from the area in which you are igniting fireworks
- If a firework does not go off, do not try to re-light it or pick it up; rather, douse it in water and throw it away
- Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in the event of a fire or other emergency
- Douse all fireworks with water after you are done in order to prevent trash can fires
- Never allow young children to play with fireworks and be aware that even sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees and ignite clothing
- Keep small children well away from the area in which you will lit the fireworks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that over 7,000 individuals are treated annually in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. Some common injuries to arise out of a fireworks accident include:
- Burn injuries
- Eye injuries, including burns to the eyes or loss of the eye
- Injuries to the hands and fingers, including amputation
- Cuts, bumps, and bruises
- Injuries to the head, including burns or blunt force trauma
- Loss of limbs
If you or a loved one is injured by fireworks due to the negligence of another person or a defective firework, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This could include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
The Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in a fireworks accident to contact our office. Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years. We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your fireworks related injury and determine whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident. We will then guide you towards a full recovery. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential fireworks accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.