The Fourth of July is coming up and with it comes the growing excitement of both adults and children alike for the highlight of any Fourth of July celebration: fireworks. If you will be having fireworks this year at your celebration, there are a few key safety points to remember in order to keep your children safe and free of injury.
According to PreventBlindness.org, more than 6,000 people in the U.S. every year seek medical attention in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. To ensure that your child, or yourself for that matter, are not included in that statistic for Independence Day this year, follow these safety guidelines:
- Always supervise children around fireworks;
- Only use fireworks outdoors;
- Abide by local laws. If you’re not allowed to use fireworks in your area, don’t;
- Always have a bucket of water and/or a hose handy;
- Never try to relight a defective firework. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then place it in a bucket of water;
- Place all used fireworks into a bucket (or buckets) of water;
- Make sure spectators are a safe distance away from fireworks;
- Only children over the age of 12-years-old should be allowed to handle sparklers; and
- Never try to make or used homemade or “illegal” fireworks.
What to Do if Your Child Suffers a Fireworks Injury
While you may be aware of how to keep your child safe around fireworks, it does not mean someone else does. Children are often injured by fireworks on the property of others as the result of another person’s negligence or may even be injured as the result of a defective firework. If your child suffers a fireworks injury due to the recklessness or negligence of another, the Boston fireworks injuries attorneys with the Kiley Law Group can help you determine liability and pursue rightful compensation from the at-fault party.
To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us today for a free legal evaluation at (888) 208-1695.