Accidents caused by fireworks can have serious and far-reaching consequences. What began as an enjoyable, spectacular display can soon turn into a nightmare. Fireworks may then be only remembered for horrific and painful injuries.
What are the most common accidents caused by fireworks?
Fireworks are a classic sign of celebration. Bonfire night, New Year’s Eve, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries… all of these events are often celebrated with a kaleidoscope of colour lighting up the sky.
However, there is a reason we see so many warning adverts on television and in print around early November. Fireworks are every bit as dangerous as they are spectacular. Here are some of the most common accidents caused by fireworks.
Firework accidents have resulted in some horrific burn injuries over the years, with some tragically resulting in the most serious consequence of all.
Fireworks can cause burn injuries in a number of ways, including:
- The firework shooting off course and crashing directly into the victim
- The person lighting the firework staying too close once the fuse is lit
- Picking up the remains of a rocket before it has sufficiently cooled or without wearing protective gloves
- Accidents caused by fireworks leading to wide-spread fires by sparking, for example, dead grass or woodland.
Many burn injuries also come as a direct impact of falling fireworks. When fireworks fall back to the ground they are very hot. If these hit you when they fall you can get a serious burn. When implementing precautions you need to make sure there is a safe proximity between the launch and drop site and spectators.
Damage to property is a very real threat when setting off fireworks in close proximity. If you are planning a firework display at home, then it is essential you have the right space and materials to do so safely. Large tubs of sand are a good place to start, but it’s also important to make sure your whole outside space is safe. You should also have emergency supplies like fire extinguishers and blankets ready.
Making a claim
If you go to a public firework display, then of course the responsibility for safety falls on the organisers. If you are injured in an accident because safety measures were either insufficient or not implemented at all, then the liability is theirs. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, if you’ve been injured in a firework accident.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice