In simple terms, a firework is a rocket. While fireworks are often involved in celebrations, they can be more dangerous than you may realize. As a result, it is important to read up on firework safety before lighting off any fireworks this 4th of July. Read on to learn more about firework safety and what to do if an injury occurs.
Firework Safety Precautions
If you intend to light fireworks, remember:
- Never stand directly over a firework before lighting it off.
- If a firework is a “dud,” or it doesn’t light on your first attempt, do not try and relight it. Many people are injured this way every single year.
- Do not light off fireworks until you are positive that all guests and spectators are a safe distance away.
- Before you throw fireworks away after lighting them off, ensure they are cool, as a hot firework can start a fire in a trash can. Additionally, it is generally a good idea to douse the firework with cool water.
- Do not purchase illegal fireworks. Ensure you first look up whether fireworks are legal in your area, and which fireworks are legal.
- Adults should be the only individuals who handle fireworks. Children should never be in charge of, or left alone with, fireworks.
- Keep your pets inside, as oftentimes, the loud fireworks can cause them to panic, run away, or otherwise behave abnormally.
- Ensure you have a fire extinguisher, as well as a garden hose, on standby. If anything goes awry, you must ensure you have the necessary tools on hand to handle the situation.
- Before lighting fireworks, ensure you have protective glasses on.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence this 4th of July, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred. This may involve taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, you should make sure to seek medical attention. This will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
If you or a loved one is injured in a firework accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced attorney.
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