Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
Recognizing that a seemingly safe and alluring sparkler — which burns at nearly 1200 degrees — will injure dozens of Americans this Independence Day and summer that most often it’s children who are injured by fireworks, the Accident Attorneys Organization has developed a fireworks safety checklist and infographic to help parents protect their loved ones.
Both can be downloaded at http://www.accidentattorneys.org.
Although the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) supports professional fireworks displays it discourages the use of consumer fireworks entirely because there are so many injuries and fires every year. Every year about 10,000 people suffer fireworks injuries severe enough to send them to the emergency room.
That total does not include the injuries and deaths in an estimated 17,800 fires caused by fireworks. In those fires it is estimated $20 million of property damage occurs and that 40 people are injured and eight killed annually, according to the NFPA.
The problem is not confined to bottle rockets and the bigger ammunition, like M80s and Roman Candles. The seemingly safer and in some states legal devices-- snaps, glow snakes and smoke bombs-- can be dangerous, as well. That’s especially true for children, who between the ages of 10 and 14 are at triple the risk for serious injury. Sparklers, for example, easily cause third degree burns.
“A lit sparkler reaches temperatures in excess of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Bob Weiss, public relations director for the Accident Attorneys Organization, a national group of highly-rated lawyers who handle only serious accident cases. “That compares to water which boils at 212 degrees; brownies that you bake at 350 degrees; wood which burns at 580 degrees and glass which melts at 900 degrees.”
The Accident Attorneys Organization runs national personal safety campaigns. Only lawyers rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, selected as Super Lawyers or named Best Lawyers in personal injury by other lawyers are part of the group.