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.
According to a 2016 report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, an estimated 7,600 of the total 11,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms between June 18, 2016, and July 18, 2016. More than one-third of the people seen in emergency departments for fireworks injuries were children under 15 years of age.
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 allow young children to play with or ignite 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 that are packaged in brown paper 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 directly 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 shoot fireworks off within containers, such as glass or metal containers.
- Do not allow your children to aim fireworks at each other.
- Do not carry or transport fireworks in pockets.
- Before getting rid of a spent fireworks casings, ensure to douse them in water to prevent a fire.
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.