The fourth of July is this weekend. With the holiday comes a lot of grilling, swimming and of course fireworks.
Although these activities are designed for entertainment, they can still present dangers if precautions are not taken.
See how you can keep your family safe this Fourth of July.
- Always supervise a grill when in use. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, trees and anything that could catch fire.
- Use long-handled tools especially made for grilling.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near in case of a fire.
- Always have an adult supervising swimming.
- If boating be sure to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- If using an inflatable pool, drain the pool and flip it over after use.
- Adults and children should wear protective sunscreen while out in the sun and water.
- 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.
- Back up a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework and only light 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.
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.
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.
Recovering compensation after an accident.
If you have been injured by a firework due to someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury claim can help alleviate medical bills and provide financial compensation for your present and future needs. Contact the attorneys at Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation.
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