Common Fireworks Accidents and How to Avoid Them

firework show“And the rockets red glare! The bombs bursting in air!” Excuse the excitement, but Fourth of July is just around the corner and the patriotism is palpable. Red, white, and blue plastic plates and U.S.A. flag napkins are selling out all around the nation as people prepare to put their American pride on display. The aroma of perfectly seasoned barbeque will soon drift through the streets while Americans everywhere kickback and sip on some American lager, but that’s not all.

Get ready to hear dogs barking and ambulance sirens blaring as neighbors near and far compete to put on the best light show in the sky. Yes, we’re talking about those good ol’ fireworks. They’ve become as synonymous with Independence Day as pine trees are to Christmas. However, they are extremely dangerous. Every year, despite the numerous warnings, you can bet your last dollar on seeing a tragic news story regarding fireworks and someone who wasn’t careful enough.

We’re here to change that (or at least try). Here are the most common fireworks accidents and how to avoid them.

7 Worst Types of 4th of July Fireworks Accidents

Over the years, Americans have been able to injure themselves, others, and damage property in more ways than one thought possible through the use of fireworks. The list of accidents could go on forever, but we’ve highlighted the top seven with hopes you learn from the mistakes of others:

  • Minor Injuries: It’s not always the explosive fireworks that cause injuries. Sparklers can burn hands if mishandled and even flying debris can injure onlookers.
  • House Fire: Fireworks are best lit in open fields and far from residential properties, meaning that setting off fireworks from your apartment balcony is never a good idea.
  • Severe Burns: Third-degree burns most commonly occur when fireworks are mishandled.
    • Wildfire: Those who live near wooded areas should exercise extreme caution with fireworks as wildfires could start from something as small as a spark.
    • Maiming: Setting off fireworks while holding them has become a dangerous trend that often results in people losing their hands or even whole appendages.
  • Car Fire: Careful transportation and storage of fireworks is essential as car fires have occurred on multiple occasions while fireworks were in the trunk.
  • Death: Numerous deaths have resulted from individuals bending over fireworks that should have launched as a result of the blunt force trauma.

4th of July Firework Safety Tips

Protect yourself this Independence Day by adhering to the following firework safety tips:

  • Only use fireworks outdoors
  • Only use legal fireworks
  • Don’t allow small children to use sparklers or bottle rockets
  • Never use homemade fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby
  • Never shoot fireworks from a glass container
  • Light fireworks one at a time then quickly retreat to a safe distance
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never try to relight or handle a firework that won’t explode
  • Douse fireworks with water when done before throwing them away

Most importantly, do not attempt to self-treat an injury. Instead, promptly call an ambulance to the scene and be sure to receive the necessary treatment. This remains true even if you may have been improperly handling fireworks or using illegal fireworks. 

What if I’m Injured By Someone Else?

Cases often pop up of an individual being hurt or their property is damaged due to a third party’s reckless use of fireworks. If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can help ensure that you receive just compensation for your damages.

Orlando personal injury lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are seasoned attorneys who possess over 100 years of combined experience. We’ve successfully handled our fair share of firework injury and property damage cases that have left victims with unfathomable financial burdens. Allow us to go to work for you. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.