The Fourth of July offers opportunities to relax, have fun, and enjoy dazzling fireworks displays as we celebrate our nation’s heritage. Fireworks, however, can be as dangerous as they are beautiful. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), two people were killed in fireworks accidents and over 9,000 were severely injured in fireworks accidents during 2010’s Independence Day festivities.
This Fourth of July, help keep your family safe by following these tips:
- Keep a bucket of water or a running garden hose handy in case of fireworks get out of control.
- Never let children light fireworks or play with them, and never play with fireworks or point them at other people.
- Keep your body parts and others away from fireworks while lighting them. As soon as the fuse is lit, back up quickly to a safe distance.
- Do not try to re-light fireworks that don’t go off the first time.
- To prevent trash can fire, soak used fireworks thoroughly with a bucket of water or a hose before putting them in the trash.
- Check your state’s fireworks laws to make sure the fireworks you buy and use are legal in your state. Only buy fireworks that are packaged for consumers and come with appropriate user safety warnings.
Fireworks against a dark sky make Independence Day celebrations magical, especially for kids. By practicing fireworks safety, you can help prevent a magical night from turning into a tragedy.
If you or someone you love is injured by defective fireworks this summer, the experienced New Hampshire injury lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. may be able to help. Call us at (888) 332-5855 for a free and confidential consultation.