How Common Are Fireworks Injuries During the Summer?
What do you picture when you think about the summer? Is it the beach? Camping? Swimming in a swimming pool? Family picnics and barbeques? For many, the epitome of summertime fun revolves around celebrations, and the biggest celebration of the summer is definitely July 4th. Unfortunately, along with celebrating our nation’s independence, that day is often marked by a surge in fireworks injuries. According to Pew Research, the 4th of July is one of the most dangerous days of the year, marked by a surge in emergency room visits.
The summer sees higher numbers of emergency room visits across all of the summer months, and fireworks injuries are by no means the only cause of these visits, but they are the cause of the surge. More than half of all fireworks injuries in the United States occur between July 1st and July 8th, and these represent a large percentage of the 91,000 emergency room visits that occur between the beginning of July 4th and the end of July 5th. The rest of the summer sees higher accident and fireworks numbers too, with about 41,900 daily injuries during Memorial Day weekend and 42,200 during Labor Day weekend, and non-holiday averages hovering around 40,700 per day.
It’s important to note that injuries that occur surrounding the July 4th holidays – and the rest of the summer as well — are not restricted to fireworks injuries. People can fall prey to all the same kinds of accidents that occur on every other day of the year: slip and fall accidents, falling down stairs, or sports injuries. But when you look at the way that fireworks injuries rank during the rest of the year and the first several days of the month of July, a notable pattern emerges. Where fireworks fall behind 195 other products blamed for emergency room visits during the rest of the year, they rise to number 16 during the beginning of July. The same is true of swimming injuries, which actually account for even more accidents during the same days of the summer, and which rank fifth as the cause of injury-related ER visits for the first eight days of July (and 25th for the rest of the year).
Fireworks injuries happen for a number of reasons and are largely preventable through the exercises of an appropriate duty of care. If you or someone you love has suffered a fireworks injury and you need legal assistance, contact our office today to learn how we can help.