According to the United States Consumer Safety Commission, during the month of July, 180 people on average visit the emergency room every day due to fireworks-related injuries. To ensure you and your loved ones do not become a part of this statistic, it is important to refresh your memory on some fireworks safety tips this Fourth of July. Continue reading to discover the top tips to consider when celebrating this holiday.
Fireworks Safety Tips To Consider this Fourth of July
Before your July fourth festivities begin this year, let’s go over some of the most important safety tips to consider this holiday:
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Never light a firework in your hand.
- Always light fireworks outdoors.
- Do not consume drugs or alcohol while lighting fireworks.
- Do not let pets outside. Fireworks can cause them to run away or suffer from severe anxiety.
- Do not allow children to handle fireworks. Fireworks should only to handled by responsible adults.
- Never stand over fireworks before setting them off.
- Do not buy any fireworks that come in brown paper. These are professional-grade fireworks and may result in serious injuries if you are not an expert
- Ensure you have a fire extinguisher and garden hose on standby in case of a fire.
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
- Do not try to relight “dud” fireworks that don’t initially go off. This may lead to burns.
- Ensure all spectators are a safe distance away.
- Douse all fireworks in cool water before throwing them away.
- Do not light fireworks, or certain types of fireworks, if they are illegal in your area.
- Always wear protective glasses when setting off fireworks.
- Back away quickly after lighting a fuse.
- Wear eye protection.
What should I do if I am injured in a fireworks accident?
If you have been injured in a fireworks accident due to another property owner’s negligence, you may qualify for financial compensation in a personal injury claim. To prepare for your personal injury claim, you should collect as much evidence as possible at the scene. This should include taking photos of the hazard, photographing your injuries, having a police report conducted, and even collecting witness statements. If you were treated medically for your injuries, it is important to collect all relevant documentation regarding this treatment.
Finally, you should reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney who will walk you through the claims process ahead to achieve the compensation you require to heal. Contact our firm today to discuss our services and learn how we can assist your upcoming case. We are here to help.
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When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.