‘Tis the Season: Fireworks Safety for the Summer
Summer is the season of backyard barbeques and fireworks. However, all fireworks, even sparklers, can cause serious injuries. It is important to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.
- Don’t use fireworks while drinking alcohol;
- Obey all local laws and regulations associated with fireworks;
- Never allow children to use fireworks; children should never be allowed to use fireworks, not even sparklers. Sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees which can easily cause burns;
- Keep pets away;
- Prepare for an emergency by keeping a bucket of water nearby; and
- Never attempt to relight “dud” fireworks.
Common sense is your best guard against fireworks related injuries. The most common fireworks injuries are to the hands and fingers of those setting off the explosives. Be sure to never put your hands or other body parts above the fireworks and to immediately back away from fireworks after lighting.
If you personally plan on using fireworks, be sure to check state and local ordinances for bans. Many states ban certain types of fireworks. This year in Biloxi, there are a few “fireworks free” zones. These zones are areas where the use of fireworks are strictly prohibited by the city of Biloxi and include the area from Hard Rock Casino Biloxi to Harrah’s Gulf Coast.
Ignoring guidelines can cause serious injury. Several varieties of fireworks have been deemed exceptionally dangerous by the federal government and have therefore been banned. These fireworks include large reloadable mortar shells, cherry bombs, and M-80 salutes, as well as build-your-own firework kits.
Potential issues with illegal fireworks can include product malfunctions, wildfire hazards, and potentially dangerous discharges. By ignoring the dangers and guidelines of local and federal officials, you could be putting yourself and your loved ones in danger.
While it is easy to get caught up in having the biggest and brightest fireworks show, safety is always most important. If you are handling fireworks this summer, be sure to adhere to all safety recommendations set forth by the manufacture. And as always, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional show. Many communities, including Biloxi, provide first class fireworks shows for holiday weekends.
No matter how much fun and how beautiful fireworks can be, they are still dangerous even when used properly. Fireworks put thousands of people in emergency rooms across the United States during the month of July. You do not want to be one of them.
Firework Injuries Hurt; Getting Compensation for those Injuries Shouldn’t Have To
If you have been personally injured in the Biloxi area due to someone else’s negligence handling fireworks you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The Law Offices of Judy Guice P.A. have years of experience handling personal injury claims. We can guide you through the process of recovering compensation for your injuries and help to get you the best result possible. Call now at (228) 374-9787 or visit us online for an initial consultation.