Firework Safety Tips

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Fourth of July Firework Safety 2020.

Fireworks are a popular activity for holidays like the Fourth of July. However, if not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries in kids and adults. Make sure your family knows about firework safety this Fourth of July.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 230 people will go to emergency rooms every day due to firework related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.

The state of Pennsylvania has legalized the sale and use of Class C consumer fireworks including roman candles, aerial cakes, artillery shells, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and more.

However, the purchases of consumer-grade fireworks are limited to buyers 18 and older, and have usage restrictions, including requiring permission from the property owner, not using them inside buildings or motor vehicles or within 150 feet of an occupied structure.

If you plan on handling fireworks this Fourth of July, here are a few tips to ensure your safety.

  • Never allow children to play with fireworks. If you allow your child to play with a sparkler, always supervise them and never let them light the sparkler themselves. 
  • Keep all body parts away from the firework.
  • Back up a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of a fire.
  • Soak used fireworks with water before throwing them in the trash.
  • Make sure the fireworks you plan to purchase are legal in your area.

If you have been injured by a firework due to someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no-obligation consultation at 412-661-1400.

Source: The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fireworks Information Center


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