Fireworks add a thrilling ending to Fourth of July celebrations for families all over Kentucky. When fireworks aren’t used carefully, however, joyous celebration may turn to tragedy, and the services of an experienced personal injury attorney may be called for.
You can reduce your own risk of injuries this Independence Day by observing several safety rules when using fireworks, courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- Buy only fireworks that are legal in your area. Avoid fireworks that come in plain brown paper wrappers; these are usually intended for professional use only, and can cause serious injury if used in a backyard or picnic area.
- Never allow children to light fireworks. If kids are going to be playing with sparklers, supervise them carefully: some sparklers can reach extremely high temperatures and cause serious burns, even after they have gone out.
- Create a space away from onlookers and designate it the “fireworks lighting area.” Allow only one adult at a time to enter the area. Children should be ordered to stay out of the area altogether.
- Keep a hose, bucket, or fire extinguisher handy in case the fireworks get out of control.
- Before planning a home fireworks show, check the burn risk in your area. If the weather has been dry or if the fire risk is high, consider postponing the show or cancelling it in favor of attending a professional display.
- Consider taking the family out for fireworks instead of lighting them at home. Professional fireworks shows pose a statistically lower risk of injury to spectators than home shows.