The 4th of July is known for many things: Grilling hot dogs, wearing stars and stripes, and of course, fireworks. For many people, the fun of fireworks extends beyond Independence Day and is carried throughout the summer. As fun as fireworks are, they are also dangerous, and should be handled with care.
A few simple firework tips can keep you and your family safe this summer.
The packaging on fireworks will have tips which are a good starting point for safe use.
In general, the messaging on the fireworks will advise you to:
- Only allow adults to light fireworks, and supervise kids who are playing with sparklers
- Light fireworks in an open area
- Stay away from flammable materials
- Point the fireworks away from people
- Never light fireworks in your hands
Wear Protective Clothing
Even though it’s summer, your firework-handling garb shouldn’t be shorts and a bathing suit. Once their lit, fireworks are extremely unpredictable — sparks can fly and injure you if you are close enough. If you are the designated firework lighter, swap your shorts out for jeans, and wear a long-sleeved shirt and closed-toe shoes. Opting for safety glasses and gloves will add another layer of security to your summer fun.
Fireworks are used for celebrating, and often, alcohol is too — but these two elements should never mix. It is extremely dangerous to light fireworks while under the influence. If you plan on drinking, do not use any fireworks, and make sure to appoint a sober person as the designated firework lighter.
Have a Back-Up Plan
Following the precautions above will increase the safety of your fireworks show, but accidents can still happen. You should be prepared in case they do, with a way to put out any fires or treat injuries. Keep a first aid kit, a bucket of water, and a fire extinguisher close by to respond to any emergencies. All fireworks that have safely been lit and extinguished should be soaked in water afterwards to avoid sparking trash.
If you are injured in a fireworks-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Palmisano & Goodman, P.A. to schedule a free consultation — send us a message or call us at (732) 709-4400.