The Fourth of July is a day where we celebrate what it means to be an American. We reflect on the freedoms we are lucky to have, and we enjoy the weather, the smells, the sights and the time we spend with our families. If you are having the Fourth at your house this year and plan on having a fireworks display, there are a few questions you may first have regarding firework safety. Here are some of those questions answered:
Are fireworks safe?
While fireworks can be dangerous, they may also be quite safe if you take the right precautions. In order to help ensure that this Fourth of July is a fun, safe day for everyone, all you have to do is prepare.
How do I prepare for lighting fireworks?
- Always have a responsible and capable adult around fireworks at all times
- Never let children get a hold of the fireworks
- If you see fireworks wrapped in brown paper, do not purchase them. Those are professional fireworks and are not meant for amateur festivities
- If you have a garden hose, ensure it is long enough to reach any potential fires started during your celebration. A hose or fire extinguisher may save your house or someone else’s life
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Keep your pets inside. Many pets are sensitive to the sounds and smells, and there is a chance they may become frightened and run away
How do I ensure others’ safety while lighting fireworks?
Now that you know how to prepare for your firework festivities, here are some tips on how to help ensure your safety while you are in the act of lighting the fireworks themselves:
- Only light one firework at a time
- Wear protective glasses or another form of eye protection while lighting fireworks
- Never light a firework in your hand. It is generally best to light them off on a flat, paved surface
- After lighting the firework, back away quickly
- Ensure everyone else is a safe distance away at all times–especially children, who are easily distracted by the lights and colors
- Never throw or point fireworks at a person–this is not a funny prank; you may seriously injure someone
- Never relight a firework that did not go off at first
- Never light fireworks indoors
- Do not consume drugs or alcohol while igniting fireworks. Your carelessness may seriously injure yourself or someone else
Contact our experienced New York firm today
The Fourth of July is usually a fun time for all, and chances are, this will be the case for you. However, if you find yourself injured as a result of another party’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact our firm today. You may be entitled to compensation.