Fireworks seem to be synonymous with the Fourth of July, as Americans love to watch them light up a dark sky on a warm summer night.
But as we approach the Independence Day weekend, our Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyers would advise that you leave fireworks up to the professionals. If you decide to purchase fireworks to shoot in your backyard, please be careful. They are dangerous and can cause a long list of injuries.
As the Charlotte Observer reports, there are professional fireworks displays throughout North Carolina. And besides, these events are free and have the best fireworks you can see. They are large, light up the sky and evoke "Ooohs" and "Aaahs" as they go off.
But as many may remember, in 2009, a truck carrying fireworks for Oracoke Island's Fourth of July celebration exploded, killing three people, CBS News reported. The explosion shook homes as 40 minutes worth of fireworks went off in 40 seconds.
What this story reminds us of is the powerful nature of these explosives. They are dangerous and capable of destruction. That's why it's important to avoid fireworks-related child injuries in Charlotte.
Fireworks are one of the most common reasons children are injured in North Carolina. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 60 percent of the people injured in fireworks accidents in 2008 were under 20 years old. And in 2008, there were 7,000 people injured because of fireworks.
In addition to that, seven people were killed. The most common body parts injured were hands and fingers (1,400 injuries), eyes (1,000 injuries) and legs (900 injuries). More than half of the injuries were burns, but bruises and cuts were also reported.
What many people don't understand is that sparklers, which are considered by many to be the safest of fireworks, burn at 1,000 degrees. They can catch a child's clothes on fire or burn their fingers and hands if not used correctly.
And bottle rockets and other flying fireworks can streak out of control and hit people in the eye, causing vision problems or even blindness. And if drought conditions are just right, fireworks can cause fires that can do major damage.
If you choose to buy personal fireworks, act safety in order to avoid Charlotte fireworks injuries. Being injured can turn a joyous holiday weekend into one that brings back bad memories of hospital trips and scars.
Take advantage of these safety tips by The National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Use fireworks outdoors only
- Obey local laws
- Always have water handy, either in a bucket or a hose
- Only use fireworks as intended -- don't alter them
- Never relight a "dud" firework
- Use common sense -- keep a safe distance from the shooter
- Alcohol and fireworks don't mix, so have a designated shooter
- Only people over 12 should handle sparklers
- Don't use homemade or illegal fireworks