A new Iowa law has made an array of fireworks available to consumers that were formerly banned in the state. Everything from toy smoke devices to missile-type rockets can now be purchased by anyone 18 and up from approved locations.
Of course the availability of fireworks in the state raises concerns about safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of 230 people go to the emergency room everyday with fireworks-related injuries around the Independence Day holiday. More than 10,000 firework injuries were treated in U.S. hospitals in 2014 alone.
Unfortunately, some of the injuries reported just last year included the loss of appendages, typically hands or fingers, and injuries to the eyes, serious burn injuries some involving young children. While most consumers handle fireworks responsibly, some are negligent, which may result in serious harm to themselves or others.
Iowa firework Injury Safety
Because of the danger fireworks can present, consumers are urged to follow the instructions on the package and to exercise extreme caution. Safety tips include the utilizing a flat, clear surface free of people to ignite fireworks; standing at a safe distances after lighting the fuse; not firing devices from the hands or other makeshift containers; and, never attempting to re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.
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