One of the country’s biggest celebrations is today, and New York celebrations are no exception. With events that surround some of our nation’s landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and country’s capitol, the 4th of July remains one of the most colorful and celebrated holidays for families and friends to come together and relax. Professional commercial venues and private consumers will be lighting the way toward celebration all day and evening long, culminating with grand displays that evoke “ohs” and “ahs” from the crowd, each year bigger and better than the one before. Although some states have banned the use and sale of fireworks, many consumers will cross state lines to purchase celebratory fireworks of choice. A word of caution, however: fireworks in the wrong hands can be disastrous and sometimes deadly. Here are some tips to prevent you from becoming one of the fatalities.
- Fireworks are often the highlight of parties and barbeques. Along with the food, comes drinking and over-imbibing. If you or someone you know has been drinking, it’s best to leave the operation of the fireworks and sparklers in the hands of someone who has not been drinking.
- Fireworks should only be lit one at a time. Be sure you do not light multiple fireworks, as they may propel and explode at different items, leaving no time to remove yourself from the area.
- Water should always be located close to where you are using fireworks, either from a natural body of water, or a source like a hose or a pool. You don’t want to have to run far to retrieve water if there is a situation that needs tending.
- Fireworks don’t always go off as planned. If you lit one and it didn’t go off, never try to relight it.
- Children and pets are curious, but they are often harmed or traumatized by the loud noises and erratic displays. Keep your pets inside and make sure little ones are far away from the area.
The National Council of Fireworks Safety encourages all illegal explosives to be reported. In a tragic case in North Dakota, a man was fatally injured when he had no time to move away from the multiple fireworks he lit in the middle of the road. The fireworks, in fact, had been found by him and were labeled: “If found, report to the U.S. Government immediately,” a warning he did not heed. Fireworks are dangerous when in the wrong hands, and this improper handling is just one tragic case of a fireworks fatality.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident related to fireworks, there are several components to an investigation of this caliber. When you meet with your New York lawyer who is expert at personal injury cases of this kind, you will find relief in knowing that your counsel will do everything possible to achieve compensation for you and your loved ones.