If it explodes or leaves the ground, it's illegal in California, according to the City of Modesto. Safe and Sane fireworks may only be purchased from a State Fire Marshal licensed retail stand from noon on June 28th to noon on July 5th. Only fireworks that come with the Safe and Safe seal are legal in the state.
Our Modesto firework injury lawyers understand that fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain, and even death. In 2011, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff conducted a study of fireworks injuries from June 17 to July 17. Here's what we learned:
-There are roughly 200 people who visit an emergency room each and every year because of a firework-related injury in the month around the Fourth of July.
-Close to 70 percent of these injuries that happened in 2011 happened around this holiday.
-Homemade and illegal fireworks were involved in all Fourth fireworks-related fatalities, according to the CPSC.
Most of the injuries in these kinds of accidents happen to the fingers and the hands. These injuries account for about half that occur. Other common injuries oftentimes happen to the eyes, heads, faces, ears, trunks, arms and legs. More than half of these injuries are burns.
These kind of accidents happen to individuals between the ages of 25 and 40. They actually accounted for about 40 percent of all firework-related accident victims. And more of them are men, too -- close to 70 percent to be exact.
But what kind of fireworks are most likely to cause these kinds of injuries? Check the list below:
-More than 15 percent: sparklers.
-Roughly 14 percent: reloadable shells.
-About 13 percent: firecrackers.
-Roughly 7 percent: roman candles.
-More than 5 percent: bottle candles.
So before you engage in that light-up Fourth fun, we're asking you to review a few safety tips with your friends and family members:
-Make sure that all children stay away from fireworks.
-You should never try to pick up or re-light a firework that was not fully ignited in the first place.
-Make sure that there's always a bucket of water nearby. If you don't have a bucket, keep a hose close.
-Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
-Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
-Make sure that all the fireworks that you're lighting off are legal to use in the state of California.
-Once you've lighted a firework, make sure you back up quickly. Never stand by a lighted firework.
-Make sure that the area you're lighting off fireworks is legal to do so.
Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has been injured in a firework-related accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.
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