The 4th of July is an exciting time. The opportunity to celebrate the founding of our country with barbecue, beer, and fireworks is a treasured tradition. But just because we’re having fun doesn’t mean we don’t need to be responsible. That responsibility includes never drinking and driving, being careful not to start fires with the barbecue, and of course fireworks safety.
Most people have only a basic idea of how to be safe with fireworks, assuming that not lighting them near other people and making sure not to aim them into crowds is enough. But there is actually a lot more to using fireworks responsibly. As the 4th of July approaches and passes (many people continue to light leftover fireworks for weeks after the holiday itself), remember:
- Only buy fireworks from businesses licensed to sell them in your state
- Read the labels on all fireworks before lighting them to make sure there are no special safety precautions for that firework
- Always have a suitable supply of water available in case anything ignites
- Never attempt to make your own fireworks, and always transport fireworks in a well-ventilated environment
Fireworks safety is the most important part of the 4th of July. No one has ever enjoyed a holiday by being injured, and serious burns are one of the most common injuries associated with unsafe use of fireworks.
Just because you follow these safety precautions is no guarantee you won’t be hurt. Unfortunately, there are many people in this country who won’t take the proper precautions, and you could easily be injured due to their negligence. If you or someone you love is injured in a firework accident, please find an experienced attorney who can help you hold the guilty responsible for their actions.