The Fourth of July is a time where we can all celebrate what it means to be Americans. Of course, in Pennsylvania, the Fourth of July simply is not complete without firework festivities. However, if you plan on setting off fireworks, to ensure the holiday is fun for all, you must continue reading to learn more about firework safety. Below, our firm has compiled a short checklist of tips for you to consider. They are as follows:
Firework Safety Tips
If you plan on having friends and family over this Fourth of July, there are several safety precautions you should take before setting off fireworks. Some of the most basic and useful firework safety tips are as follows:
- Never let children handle or go near the fireworks. Fireworks should only be used by responsible adults.
- If a firework does not go off at first, do not try to relight it. Many people are injured every year by doing so.
- Do not set off fireworks until you are positive that everyone is a safe distance away.
- Once you have set the fireworks off, ensure you douse them in cool water before disposing of them. This reduces the chance of a trash can fire.
- If you have a dog or another pet, ensure you do not let him or her outside during the firework festivities. Oftentimes, the loud noises and bright lights can cause pets to behave erratically.
- Always ensure that there is a water source and an extinguisher nearby in case you need it.
- Use protective glasses.
- Never stand directly over a firework when lighting them off.
What should I do if I am injured in a firework accident?
The first thing you should do if you were injured in a firework accident is to seek immediate medical attention. From here, if you believe you were injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you should retain the services of a knowledgeable Montgomery County personal injury attorney who can gather and present all evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof in a premises liability claim. That being said, you must file your claim within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, giving you, generally, two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party who caused your accident. Our firm can begin the claims process today–all you have to do is give us a call.
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