Protecting Your Family From Fireworks Injuries

Protecting Your Family From Fireworks Injuries

Fireworks are a classic part of Fourth of July celebrations throughout the U.S., and they form a part of many Californians’ fond childhood memories of this fun summer holiday; however, fireworks can pose risks, including the risk of serious burn injuries, and it takes only one moment of carelessness or inattention to ruin the holiday.

If you’re injured by fireworks this Independence Day, a San Jose injury lawyer from Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help you protect your legal rights. You can also help protect your family from injury by practicing fireworks safety and following these tips:

  • Assign one adult to the lighting and disposal of fireworks. Make it a rule that all other adults and children must stay a safe distance from the fireworks staging area.
  • Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose, or a fire extinguisher handy in case fireworks start a fire or cause other damage. If the fire risk is high in your area due to dry weather or other conditions, do not use fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or use metal or glass containers to hold or fire them.
  • If children are going to use sparklers, supervise them closely. Sparklers can burn at temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to melt some metals and to cause serious burns if they are touched even briefly.
  • Do not buy fireworks that are packaged in plain brown paper wrappers. These fireworks are typically designed for professional use only, and they can cause serious harm to people or property if used for a backyard fireworks show.

It’s an unfortunate reality, but not all fireworks accidents can be prevented. If you have been injured due to someone else’s unsafe actions, call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP.

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