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Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

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 some metals.
  • 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 fireworks.
  • 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. Contact experienced San Diego personal injury attorney Robert Vaage for a free consultation.