The sky is starting to fill with sparks as the Fourth of July approaches. Family and friends gather together and light the night with shimmering fireworks and sparklers. This time of year, a lot of attention is paid to personal safety. While people tend to focus on the dangers of lighting fireworks at home, at least some of the focus should be shared with the potential safety risks posed when simply going out on the town to watch a firework show.
Two years ago, Fox News covered the tragic story of 28 people who were injured at a fireworks show in California. More recently and closer to home, on June 18th, 9 people were injured at a firework show in Westlake, Ohio. While public mishaps are much less common, public firework shows do still pose a risk. The National Fire Protection Association stated that the people with the highest risk of injury from fireworks are children ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.
Culture of Safety’s website has a few universal tips which can help you to stay safe watching or performing firework magic this July.
- Keep it professional. The safest firework displays are those done by trained professionals.
- Never pick up debris. Many times the debris is still hot and sometimes fireworks will not completely ignite while in the air.
- Keep an eye on the kids.
- Keep your distance. Staying a safe distance away can keep fireworks a positive experience even when the unexpected occurs.
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If you have been injured at a firework show due to the negligence of another person, the personal injury attorneys at Wagner Reese can answer any questions you have. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.