Every Fourth of July, thousands of American are treated in emergency rooms
for fireworks-related accidents. To avoid the risk of serious burns and
other injuries, it is always safer to watch a professional fireworks display
this holiday weekend.
If you can’t resist the temptation to light off a few fireworks,
please keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is
often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and
that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t
realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers
burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when
lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty
of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
If you or a member of your family has suffered from a fireworks injury,
you may be entitled to compensation.
experienced San Diego personal injury attorney
for a free consultation.