When you’re outdoors celebrating New Years with loved ones and the
countdown reaches zero, the fireworks go off, and the night sky suddenly
becomes lit up with dazzling colors. It’s hard not to feel ecstatic.
There’s nothing quite like greeting New Years with a bang, or, well,
Fireworks have long been one of the holiday’s staples, not just in
America, but all over the world. Much like Fourth of July, it’s
hard to imagine New Years without a fireworks display. Most people watch
professionally arranged shows at city squares and other central spots
in their community. However, there are some who like to conduct their
own little fireworks display in more private settings. This can be great
fun for family and friends who are throwing a backyard barbecue or block
party, just as long as proper fireworks safety is practiced by everyone
who handles the potentially dangerous products.
Unfortunately, thousands of people suffer injuries every year due to fireworks,
most of these injury incidents being completely preventable. Human error
is the primary contributing factor behind most fireworks-related accidents,
whether it’s negligence, recklessness, or ignorance.
If you plan to include fireworks in your festivities, just keep these vital
safety guidelines in mind, and you should have a great night without incident:
- Do not buy fireworks from questionable sources.
- Follow the instructions.
- Research your local laws and use your common sense.
- Have a responsible adult supervise the children.
- Drink after the show is over. You do not want to handle fireworks drunk.
- Conduct your show in a clear area away from homes, cars, and flammable
- Keep a source of water handy in case of fire.
- Douse spent fireworks with water before throwing them out.
We at the law firm of Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP hope everyone enjoys
their holiday while staying safe.