As the Fourth of July holiday comes and goes, it is important to know that fireworks come with serious injury risks. To be sure, even if you use fireworks according to instruction, you can sustain a serious burn injury. Yet more pressing, according to a recent report from CNN News, is a fireworks product recall due to the risk of explosion and burn injuries.
If you have purchased fireworks for the July 4 holiday or for use later on in the summer, it is important to be aware of this serious product recall in addition to burn injury risks associated with fireworks. If you do sustain burn injuries as a result of defective fireworks this summer, an Indianapolis product liability can help.
Fireworks Recalled Due to Likelihood of Unintended Explosion
According to the CNN News report, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a recall report concerning TNT Red, White & Blue Smoke fireworks. These products “are supposed to emit colorful smoke,” and notably, “they are not supposed to explode.” However, the product maker issued a voluntary recall of more than 36,000 fireworks after receiving numerous reports that these “devices exploded when lit.” The CPSC recall report indicated that at least three people have suffered burn injuries as a result of the “unintended explosions.”
Marie Buerkle, the acting chairwoman of the CPSC, indicated that burn injuries are not at all uncommon around the Fourth of July, even when fireworks are not subject to a product recall. Yet when there is news of defective fireworks, it is extremely important to heed the recall notice. While neither TNT or the CPSC have yet to list Indiana as one of the states where these products were sold, it is important for Indianapolis residents to know that the fireworks were sold in nearby states, including Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin. As such, if you picked up fireworks at a Walmart or Kroger while driving home to Indianapolis recently, you should check to ensure that you do not have any of the products that have been recalled. If you do, you can receive a refund by contacting American Promotional Events.
You should not attempt to light the fireworks, as a serious burn injury could occur.
Burn Injuries and Fireworks Accidents During the Summer
The CPSC provides a fireworks injury infographic, which emphasizes the seriousness of burn injuries that result from these products every summer. Indeed, as the CPSC states, “on average, 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.” These are the weeks in which most fireworks stores are active. In terms of burn injury statistics, the CPSC infographic provides the following facts and figures:
- More than 69 percent of fireworks injuries are burn injuries;
- 33 percent of all burn injuries affect the hands and fingers;
- 28 percent of these injuries affect an individual’s head, face, and ears;
- 18 percent of fireworks burn injuries cause harm to the legs;
- 12 percent of all burn injuries from fireworks impact the body’s trunk;
- 9 percent of fireworks burn injuries damage the eyes; and
- 8 percent of these injuries affect a person’s arms.
Contact an Indianapolis Burn Injury Lawyer
In some cases, fireworks injuries occur because of a safety defect or because of another party’s negligence. If you suffered a burn injury, an Indianapolis burn injury lawyer can discuss your options with you. Contact Holland & Holland today to speak with an advocate about your case.