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Fireworks Safety Tips

Steve Wagner

Fireworks can be great, when used responsibly. The problem is, most recreational firework usage around the 4th of July holiday is not done with care, and nearly 200 people are injured per day in the month surrounding this celebration.

Fireworks are explosives in pretty packaging, nothing more. Although they make for an incredible light display and a fabulous end to any party, they are not to be handled lightly. We want to offer you a few tips for safety when you’re handling fireworks this month, and hopefully you will pass this information along to your loved ones and prevent some injuries this summer!

  • Only purchase fireworks from a licensed vendor. In Indiana, it is illegal for vendors to sell fireworks over 1.4G’s without a license. Vendors should have their license properly displayed, and if you don’t see it in their store/booth/tent, you should ask to see it before making a purchase. If they do not have a license to show you, call the State Fire Marshal at (317) 232-2222 immediately. They may not be selling quality products, and even more, they may be putting minors in danger by selling explosive devices to underage customers.
  • Never let children handle fireworks. It may be tempting to let them help you and get in on the fun, but never let them do so without the supervision of an adult. Even sparklers and firecrackers should be used under supervision, because those products can reach temperatures hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Only set off fireworks in a large, open space. Make sure you are clear of all tree branches, and at least several hundred feet away from any houses or buildings.
  • Keep water on hand in case of a fire. Have a water hose hooked up and stretched out to where you are setting off the fireworks, or fill some buckets to keep close by.
  • Never set off fireworks after you have consumed alcohol. Any impairment in your judgment could be a danger to you and those around you.

For more tips and safety advice, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission for their full list of firework safety.

If you have been injured in an accident involving fireworks, or if you were sold a faulty product by an unlicensed vendor, give the personal injury and product liability lawyers at Wagner Reese a call. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (888) 204-8440.

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