FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY
Many 4th of July parties, barbecues, and family gatherings involve do-it-yourself firework displays, which are lit off by party attendees, family members, or friends. Unlike professional firework shows, there is a higher risk of personal injury accidents during these do-it-yourself displays. Firework-related injuries and deaths increased last summer according to a June 2021 report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Since 2005, this report has shown an average increase of 202 injuries per year, but that increase peaked last summer at an estimated 15,600 injuries!
As experienced personal injury attorneys, the Spear Greenfield legal team has seen many devastating accidents, which impact the lives of their clients. Our team understands the devastation caused by a personal injury accident, so we want you to stay safe from 4th of July injuries! Below is a list of firework safety tips to follow if there is a do-it-yourself firework show at your 4th of July gathering.
CONSIDER THE LOCATION OF THE FIREWORK SHOW.
Fireworks should be lit away from people and houses. Remove all flammable material from the firework launch area. Obviously do not light fireworks in a container or indoors.
PRACTICE SAFE FIREWORK LIGHTING.
When lighting off fireworks, make sure to launch one device at a time. Keep all spectators at a safe distance from the launch point. If a firework malfunctions, douse the device with water and do not attempt to re-light.
AVOID THESE MISTAKES.
Do not hold a lit firework! Fireworks should also not be pointed or thrown at anyone, no matter the person’s distance from the launch point. Everyone should keep alert during a do-it-yourself firework show, and no children or attendees impaired by alcohol should light any fireworks.
KEEP A WATER BUCKET OR HOSE HANDY WHEN LIGHTING FIREWORKS.
Use available water to douse any fires caused from a firework. Also use these water sources to soak spent or malfunctioning fireworks.
AVOID PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENTS THIS 4TH OF JULY
The best way to stay safe is to leave firework displays to the professionals and attend a nearby community show. The risk of a personal injury accident increases during a do-it-yourself firework show. If party attendees are lighting off fireworks, stay alert and ensure plenty of water sources are available. If a burn or firework injury happens, call 9-1-1 or seek immediate medical assistance!
Rand Spear and the Spear Greenfield legal team care about your safety and well being. If you recently experienced a personal injury accident, call our offices to speak with a member of our legal team. We can review your personal injury incident and guide you through the next steps. We’re here to protect your best interests, and we will never sell you short!