Injuries Caused by Defective Fireworks

Injuries Caused by Defective Fireworks
Jul 1, 2019

Summer is here and it’s synonymous with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. With the 4th of July approaching, a lot of people have plans to put on a display for their loved ones. Unfortunately, many are seriously injured by defective fireworks during this time. Numerous recalls have been issued for over 700,000 fireworks and sparklers since 2015.

Make no mistake about it, fireworks can be quite dangerous. In 2014 alone, fireworks killed 11 people and sent 10,500 people to the hospital emergency room with serious injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Safety Precautions

The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals. If you choose to use legal fireworks, here are a few safety tips to consider:

  • Keep children from handling fireworks
  • Supervise older children who use fireworks
  • Never use fireworks when inebriated or under the influence
  • Wear safe clothing
  • Do not launch a firework while holding it
  • Do not ever use them indoors
  • Only use them in safe, flame resistant environments
  • Never point a firework at another
  • Use only one at a time and give the firework a safe breadth
  • Do not ignite the container
  • Dispose of malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks for hours before throwing them away
  • Be prepared with water to douse fireworks that catch
  • Never use illicit fireworks

But What Could Go Wrong?

A defect in the design, instructions or manufacture of fireworks might well violate Georgia product liability statutes exposing the manufacturer, and even the distributor and seller in some cases to liability. Of course, if personal injury or a death is caused by a carelessly conducted public display of fireworks, the company responsible for the show might also be held liable.

Defective fireworks injuries such as eye injuries, third-degree burns, and lacerations to the skin are all too common. While designed to bring pleasure to spectators, fireworks can become very dangerous products under certain conditions

Even if you think that the fireworks-related injury was caused solely by the user, you should still investigate your legal options. Properly designed and packaged products anticipate misuse. If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective sparkler or fireworks, please call a product liability attorney at Warshauer Woodward Atkins. We are here to help.

Have a Blast This Fourth

Warshauer Woodward Atkins wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July!