Staying Safe on the Fourth of July
Understanding the Safety Risks on July 4th
When you think of the Fourth of July, you immediately think of fireworks. It has been an American tradition for almost 250 years. Ever since the beginning, Americans have proudly celebrated this date by sending fireworks into the summer night’s sky. Unfortunately, along with the beautiful display of lights and colors, fireworks can be a dangerous source of personal injury.
At Denlea & Carton, we represent individuals who have been injured due to other people’s negligence. If you or someone you love was injured in a fireworks accident, contact our office at (914) 368-7168 for a free consultation.
Avoiding Injury With the CPSC’s Help
According to a recent United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study, there are more than 10,000 fireworks-related injuries and several deaths reported each year nationwide. These numbers are expected to climb with the legalization of consumer-grade fireworks in many states. Oftentimes, these injuries are due to the negligent actions of others.
To avoid injuries, the CPSC website suggests the following tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
So, with safety in mind, get out your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy the spectacular light show.
In Westchester County, fireworks displays are scheduled for White Plains, Pomona, Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, Yonkers, Port Chester, and more. You can find the schedule here.
Contacting a Lawyer If You’ve Sustained Injuries
Were you or a loved one injured by a firework accident? Contact our office at (914) 368-7168 for a free, no-obligation consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to discuss your case with an attorney.