With the Fourth of July right around the corner, people are starting to plan for their family barbeque celebration in honor of the country’s independence. While it’s a whole lot of fun to watch and partake in the holiday’s festivities, it’s important to remember that fireworks can cause significant harm if they are improperly used. According to the National Council for Fireworks Safety, malfunction and careless use of the fireworks result in nearly 10,000 injuries each year.

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Firework Safety Month was established to raise awareness about the risks involved with using fireworks and takes place from June 1 through July 4. Although its purpose is to make people more aware of the safety risks that stem from firework usage, it is also when the most firework accidents are reported. According to Consumer Product Safety Commission, during firework safety month about 200 people end up in the emergency room daily due to firework related injuries. Forty six percent of injuries reported, affected people under twenty. If these young people had been supervised or better informed on how to properly use fireworks, many of these injuries may have been prevented. Even though fireworks are illegal in New Jersey and a few other states, illegally purchased and homemade fireworks are still being used and result in about 6 deaths per year. 

It is extremely important that people understand how to deal with fireworks in order to keep themselves, and everyone around them safe. Here are a few tips our personal injury team has complied to help you stay safe when around fireworks.

Firework Safety Tips

  1. Make sure you are aware of the laws in your state and only use fireworks if they are legal.
  2. Follow all directions carefully.
  3. Always purchase fireworks from a reliable seller (if it is legal in your state).
  4. Don’t let children touch or set off fireworks.
  5. Make sure everyone is at safe distance before lighting off any fireworks.
  6. Only use fireworks outdoors.
  7. Do not consume alcohol when dealing with fireworks.
  8. If a firework does not light the first time, DO NOT try and re-light it.
  9. Do not light more than one firework at a time.
  10. In case something goes wrong, always have a bucket of water or hose near by.

Please note that it is illegal to sell, purchase, possess or use fireworks in the state of New Jersey. For more information about New Jersey laws and rules on fireworks, please visit:http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lsse/laws/Fireworks_Act_Sale.html.

When enjoying any celebration that includes fireworks, remember to make smart decisions and take proper precautions. Enjoy your summer and the Fourth of July!