As one of the top injury attorney firms in North Carolina, we are aware of the countless injuries that occur every Fourth of July weekend, many of them related to careless or negligent use of fireworks. Fireworks are a big part of the celebration and they are meant to be enjoyed, but you will enjoy them much more, knowing your family is safe. The Charlotte fire department offers a list of legal fireworks such as snake and glow worms, smoke devices, noisemakers, and wire sparklers. There is a common misconception that all fireworks are legal, and that is not the case.
The Fourth of July should be a fun time with great memories, but before you celebrate, sit down with your family and have a discussion about fireworks safety. When handled carelessly, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries to anyone that is in close proximity. The best way to protect your family and your property is to keep fireworks use to a minimum and leave the lighting to the professionals. If you should decide to celebrate with legal fireworks, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Kids should never play with fireworks
Explosive items such as firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. Many people give young kids sparklers, and the practice is questionable at best. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C); this is hot enough to melt gold, and to cause horrific burns.
- Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
- Buy only legal fireworks
Consult with the local fire department to get a list of approved fireworks. Legal fireworks will also have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions. Store all fireworks in a cool, dry place. Illegal fireworks such as M-80s, M100s, blockbusters, or Quarterpounders are explosive and are banned, yet they still account for many fireworks injuries.
- Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
- Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket.
- Point fireworks away from homes, and keep them away from brush, leaves, and flammable substances.
- Light one firework at a time, and never relight a dud.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
- Think about your pet
Remember that animals have sensitive ears and may be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. It is probably best to keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they run off or get injured.
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