Firework Safety for the Summer And Fourth of July


Independence Day

Independence Day is not far off now and you might already be seeing firework stands popping up around your county. If you are thinking about spending the Fourth of July with a barbeque and a few red, white, and blue explosions, you must exercise complete caution at all times. If you do not, the chances of someone being hurt by a firework will increase.

Safety tips and hints to remember and use this 4th of July include:

  • Always keep a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby.
  • Put all used sparklers and fireworks into buckets of water.
  • Do not light any firework over dry brush or near flammable objects.
  • Do not light fireworks on uneven terrain – all must point straight up.
  • No one should stand within 30 feet of most fireworks, or 100 feet of larger fireworks.
  • Sparklers should not be handed to children or used near pets.
  • Do not try to relight a dud firework.
  • When lighting a firework of any kind, never have any body part over the device – stand clear.

Floridians probably need no reminder about the dangers of fireworks, though, after Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was seriously injured by one last 4th of July near Miami. The football star suffered severe burns on his hand and ultimately lost a finger after a high-grade firework exploded in his hand shortly after lighting it.

In addition to fireworks being inherently dangerous, most of them are also illegal in many parts of Florida. You should only purchase fireworks that are sold by a licensed vendor and meet all of your county codes. Otherwise, you may find yourself in legal trouble and facing a $1,000 fine, which could increase if anyone is hurt or any property is damaged by an illegal firework.

If you are injured by a defective firework, or by one that another person lit, you may be able to create a lawsuit to seek financial compensation. You can call (561) 777-7700 to request a free case evaluation with our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers from Shiner Law Group.

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