The Dangers of Playing with Fireworks in NJ
During the summer, it is not uncommon to see the sky light up with fireworks of different shapes, colors, and sizes. Fireworks were allegedly invented by accident in China around 2,000 years ago. Now, they are used to mark all types of celebrations, from weddings to Fourth of July parties.
If not used properly, however, fireworks can be dangerous. Fireworks most commonly cause injuries to the hands, the head and neck, and the eyes. Burns are the most frequently cited injury caused by fireworks. Some burns may be quite serious and require skin grafts or surgery.
Keep the following tips in mind if you use fireworks this summer, or if you are at an event where fireworks are being used.
Never, ever let children play with or handle fireworks. Many children do not grasp the danger of fireworks. If you decide to let your children hold a sparkler, keep them away from the child’s clothing, hair, and face. Sparklers get extremely hot—up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hot enough to melt gold!
Make sure that you buy only legal fireworks. The fireworks you purchase should be clearly labeled. Illegal fireworks include the M100, M-80, blockbuster, and the quarter pounder. Even though these fireworks are illegal, medical facilities treat patients who are injured by these fireworks every year.
Keep a bucket of water nearby, as well as a water hose. Do not shoot fireworks if the weather has been especially dry.
Never hold fireworks in your hand to shoot them. Some fireworks may “backfire” and cause serious injuries. Similarly, do not ever point fireworks at others, even if you do not think the firework will shoot very far.
Only light one firework at a time. Do not ever place the firework in a container prior to lighting it. If you light a firework and nothing happens, do not try to light it again.
After you are done with the fireworks, make sure to soak them in water before throwing them away. Do not allow children to pick up pieces of firework that have already gone off. In some cases, the firework may still be lit and may explode.
Fireworks can certainly be fun to shoot and many have beautiful designs. Those in charge must simply be careful and follow all recommended safety guidelines when using fireworks. When used properly, shooting fireworks can create family memories that last a lifetime.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to the negligence of someone else while using fireworks, contact our New Jersey injury attorneys to learn about your legal options. To schedule a free consultation with the attorneys at Lomurro Law, call 732-482-9285 or contact us online.