Prevent Serious Accidents with These Fireworks Safety TipsMississippi Legal News
The summertime is full of festivals, parades, and fireworks. Many celebrations that take place throughout the summer include a festive fireworks display for people to enjoy. While these shows are spectacular to watch and highly entertaining, they are also dangerous. In 2018, there were approximately 19,500 fires that ignited from fireworks. That year, these fire incidents resulted in five people dying, 46 people sustaining injuries, and had a property damage cost of $105 million.
Whether you or your neighbors are setting off your own fireworks or you are going to a display, it is important to understand how to enjoy these light shows safely. If a fireworks accident in Mississippi has caused your injuries it is worthwhile to speak with a Mississippi personal injury attorney. You may be able to file a Mississippi personal injury claim for compensation to help you pay for your medical treatment and other damages that resulted from the incident.
How Can You Stay Safe With Fireworks?
Take into account the following fireworks safety tips:
- Always make sure that when you are setting off your own fireworks that you do so with plenty of space and room. Don’t light up fireworks when other people are close by and never shoot anyone with them.
- Sparklers are one thing to hold but a firework is not. Do not set off a firework while you are holding it in your hand.
- If a firework is not working correctly or as expected, do not go near it and try to re-light it.
- Always keep water or an active hose nearby in case of emergency.
- Never set off fireworks close to your home.
- Soak used fireworks before throwing them out to make sure that they are completely inactive. Let them sit for a couple of hours.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol while setting fireworks off because your judgment and reaction time will be impaired.
- Children should not be allowed to launch fireworks.
- Call 9-1-1 if a problem arises.
If a professional fireworks display goes awry or a private fireworks show turns into calamity, and you are injured you may be entitled to compensation if it can be proven that your harm was the result of another party’s negligence. If your own firework malfunctions and harms you, a Mississippi product liability case may be appropriate. The most commonly injured body part from a fireworks accident is the hands and fingers. Approximately 28% of injuries happen to this part of the body followed by:
- Leg injuries 24%
- Eyes 19%
- Head, face, ear 15%
- Torso 10%
- Arm 4%
Speak with a Jackson Personal Injury Attorney Today
Fireworks are fun and they are a trademark of summer. But still, they are flammable and mistakes can happen that can result in injuries or death. If a negligent party set off fireworks in Jackson which injured you, the Germany Law Firm can help you pursue compensation for your damages. Call the Germany Law firm to speak with an experienced and talented Jackson personal injury attorney during a free consultation at (601) 487-0555 today.