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How to Enjoy Fireworks Safely This Summer

Jun 25th, 2024

Understandably, the Fourth of July is the busiest time of year for fireworks sales and use–which is why it should come as no surprise that June is Fireworks Safety Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of fireworks safety as we approach the holiday. Fireworks are a beloved tradition for many, but come with significant risks. Fireworks accidents account for as many as 10,000 hospital visits per year. If you plan on celebrating with fireworks this season (or at any other time of year), here are some helpful tips to ensure that your celebrations are memorable for all the right reasons.


Know Local Laws and Regulations

Some states and municipalities have strict regulations on which types of fireworks are permissible and where/when they can be used. Ensure you know the rules regarding the purchase and use of fireworks in your area for legal and safety reasons.


Purchase From Reputable Sources

Always buy fireworks from licensed, reputable vendors. Avoid purchasing fireworks from non-regulated sources, such as roadside stands or online marketplaces, as these products may not meet safety standards and could pose a higher risk.


Read and Follow the Instructions

Carefully read the instructions and warnings on each fireworks label before use. Never modify or attempt to make your own fireworks. Understanding how each firework operates will help prevent accidents and ensure proper handling.


Designate a Safe Area

Choose a clear, open area away from buildings, trees, and other flammable objects. Ensure that spectators maintain a safe distance and designate a responsible adult to oversee the lighting of fireworks. A bucket of water or a hose should be readily available in case of emergencies.


Wear Protective Gear

When lighting fireworks, wear safety glasses and non-flammable clothing. Keep your body, especially your face and hands, at a safe distance from the firework. Never hold fireworks in your hand or aim them at people, animals, or property.


Supervise Children Closely

Children should never handle fireworks. Even sparklers, often considered safe for kids, burn at high temperatures and can cause serious burns. Always supervise children around fireworks and provide them with appropriate alternatives, like glow sticks, to enjoy the festivities safely.


Of course, not everyone who uses fireworks will follow these safety tips. If you or a loved one suffers a fireworks-related injury due to someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys can help you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Call our offices to learn more.