Firework Safety: Fourth of July.
Fireworks are a popular Fourth of July activity. Now that Pennsylvania has legalized the sale and use of Class C consumer fireworks, it is more important than ever to follow safety tips to ensure your family’s safety this 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.
Although fireworks are enjoyed by many, it is important to know that they can cause serious injuries if they are not handled properly. 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.
Fireworks can cause serious injuries and sometimes disabling conditions. The most common type of injuries are burn injuries. A sparkler can reach temperatures close to 2,000 degrees. Children are usually the victims of these types of injuries. It is important to always supervise children around fireworks. Other types of injuries inflicted from fireworks include: loss of hearing and eye sight, shock, smoke inhalation and loss of fingers.
Fourth of July is also the holiday with the most fires. A lot of fires begin from lighting fireworks too close to decorations. Make sure decorations and anything flammable is far away from where you are setting off fireworks.
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.
- Douse 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’ve 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: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fireworks Information Center