The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency departments and 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents in the most recent year for which data is available. Stewart Law Offices does not want you to become part of these statistics. With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s important that you understand firework safety principles to avoid injury.
Firework Safety Tips
Fireworks can be very dangerous if they are not used properly. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this 4th of July:
- Keep a safe distance from the person lighting the fireworks.
- Make sure you’re wearing safety glasses to protect your face and eyes when lighting fireworks.
- Always move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Do not linger in the lighting area.
- When directing fireworks, point them away from homes, and keep them away from brush, leaves, and other flammable substances.
- Only allow adults to handle fireworks, including sparklers, which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and dispose of them immediately. A “dud” firework can be very dangerous if mishandled.
- Do not hover over fireworks while lighting them. Move away quickly after lighting to avoid the risk of a sudden ignition.
- Never place fireworks in your pockets. The friction of your clothing could set them off.
- Stay close to a water source in case an unexpected fire breaks out.
- Fireworks should always be discharged outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never light fireworks in metal or glass containers.
If you or someone you love has been injured by fireworks, contact the personal injury lawyers at Stewart Law Offices for a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We are here to discuss your legal options. Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!