If you have been injured in a fireworks accident this past Canada Day, we have a plan for you to follow that will set you up for a successful personal injury claim. Continue reading to discover the most common injuries sustained from fireworks accidents and fireworks safety tips to be safe celebrating Canada Day next year.
What are the most common fireworks accident injuries?
The most common fireworks accidents injuries are as follows:
- Hand burns
- Eye injuries
- Hand fractures
- Facial injuries
- Hearing loss
- Loss of finger
What should I do following a fireworks accident?
If you have been involved in a fireworks accident, it is important to have a plan in place. Take the following steps to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible by contacting the authorities. They will also be able to document the accident by conducting a police report.
- Take photos of the scene of your accident including your injuries.
- Collect all medical documentation relating to the treatment of your injuries.
- Reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer wh will walk you through the claims filing process ahead.
Fireworks Safety Tips
Next Canada Day, it is important to have fireworks safety tips in mind to avoid future injuries. Take the following precautions before and after lighting your fireworks:
- Do not allow children to handle fireworks. Fireworks should only to handled by responsible adults.
- Never stand over fireworks before setting them off.
- Do not buy any fireworks that come in brown paper. These are professional-grade fireworks and may result in serious injuries if you are not an expert.
- Wear eye protection.
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
- Do not try to relight “dud” fireworks that don’t initially go off. This may lead to burns.
- Douse all fireworks in cool water before throwing them away.
- Do not light fireworks, or certain types of fireworks, if they are illegal in your area.
- Always wear protective glasses when setting off fireworks.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Never light a firework in your hand.
- Always light fireworks outdoors.
- Do not consume drugs or alcohol while lighting fireworks.
- Back away quickly after lighting a fuse.
- Do not let pets outside. Fireworks can cause them to run away or suffer from anxiety.
- Ensure you have a fire extinguisher and garden hose on standby in case of a fire.
- Ensure all spectators are a safe distance away.