In the midst of summer, July is often known for sunshine, outdoor activities, and Independence Day parties. With these celebrations, fireworks become popular centerpieces. Specifically, with the current social distancing rules and limits on the size of group gatherings, people have turned to fireworks for added entertainment. While fireworks can be exciting and festive, they can also be dangerous to both those setting them off and to spectators.
When operating or being around legal fireworks, there are a few safety tips that people should remember and practice. Make sure to review this list of safety tips before breaking out the fireworks so you can help keep your family, friends, neighbors, and yourself safe:
- Only use fireworks outside
- Never use illegal fireworks
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Only use fireworks as intended making sure to ever alter or combine them
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Only use fireworks away from people, houses, and flammable material
- Look up and obey your local laws relating to fireworks
- Never relight a malfunctioned firework
- Spectators should keep a safe distance away from the shooting area
- Operators should always wear safety goggles
- Only people ages 12 and older should be allowed to handle sparklers
With the Fourth of July approaching, keep these safety precautions in mind when operating or viewing fireworks. In addition to these safety tips, it is crucial for adults to refrain from drinking alcohol when operating fireworks. Alcohol consumption and operating fireworks do not mix and could potentially lead to an accident. Fireworks can be a great addition to holiday celebrations, but it is important to remember it can also be a danger. If you or a loved one suffered a severe injury as a result of someone else’s negligence when operating fireworks, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the experienced attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. to discuss your legal options at (815) 929-9292.