Independence Day is celebrated in honor of the Declaration of Independence being approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The day is often celebrated by barbeques, parades, and especially fireworks.
Whether it be a professional show or a few small fireworks at home, many families enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July. Although fireworks are quite beautiful, they can easily cause serious burns and injuries.
California, like many other states, limits the sale and use of fireworks. In general, state law mainly pertains to “dangerous” fireworks, which are considered illegal unless you possess a special display license, and “safe and sane” fireworks, which may be purchased, sold, and used by the public.
At Tedford & Associates, we recommend that you leave the fireworks display to the professionals. However, if you wish to set off your own fireworks display, what can you do to stay safe?
The following are several safety tips to avoid suffering an injury this Independence Day:
- Do not let minor children to play with or light up fireworks, or even use lighters/matches.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, even if young children are only playing with sparklers.
- Avoid purchasing fireworks in brown paper packaging since it is a common sign of professional displays.
- After lighting fireworks, back up to a safe distance right away and avoid placing any part of your body right over the device.
- Do not attempt to re-ignite or pick up fireworks that have not ignited completely.
- Make sure you have a hose, fire extinguisher, and/or bucket of water ready just in case a fire erupts.
- Do not mount fireworks within metal or glass containers.
- Do not allow your children to aim fireworks at each other.
- Do not carry or transport fireworks in pockets.
- Before getting rid of already ignited fireworks casings, then prevent a fire by dousing them with water.
If you or a loved one has been injured by fireworks as a result of another individual’s negligence or a defective product, you could be eligible for compensation. For more information, contact our Pasadena personal injury attorney and request a free consultation today.