New York, NY (PRWEB) July 01, 2013
Last year, between June 22 and July 22 more than 5,000 people were seen in hospital emergency rooms across the country because of fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 8,700 people were treated for fireworks related injuries last year, with firecrackers, homemade fireworks and aerial explosives being the leading causes of injuries, NBC News reports.
[http://www.nbcnews.com/health/fireworks-hurt-5-000-weeks-around-july-4-6C10449666 June 2013]
According to NBC News, American College of Emergency Physicians President Dr. Andrew Sama says that nearly 200 people a day are treated for fireworks related injuries, with most being caused by malfunctioning fireworks, lighting fireworks too close to other people, holding fireworks in your hands while setting them off, and playing with used fireworks. Nearly half of the reported injuries occurred as burns to the face, head, and hands.
Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Administrator Cynthia Quarterman told NBC that the agency works to make sure that transported explosives adhere to safety regulations, and that “fireworks are explosives.” Yet U.S. Customs and Border officials and the CPSC inspected imported fireworks last year and discovered that some 30 percent of the shipments tested failed to meet safety requirements set in the Federal Hazardous Substance Act (FHSA).
The experienced personal injury law firm of Alonso Krangle warns the public that it doesn’t matter where fireworks come from, none are totally safe and even bottle rockets and sparklers send more than 1,000 people to the emergency room each year with burns. In fact, a 17-year-old from Arkansas died last year after the 300 sparklers he taped together exploded when he lit them. Five other men were also killed in fireworks mishaps last year.
Use common sense around fireworks, keep a close eye on your children, handle all fireworks in the safest manner, and obey the fireworks laws in your state. Safety officials recommend enjoying firework shows that are put on by experts instead of letting them off yourself.
Don’t let any member of your family become a fireworks injury statistic. Alonso Krangle hopes that you stay safe and enjoy your Fourth of July holiday celebrations.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A dedicated law firm representing injured victims Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and New Jersey. For more information about Alonso Krangle or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit http://www.fightforvictims.com.