Fireworks Safety Tips for 2020

4th of July celebrations may look a little different this year, with many families opting to stay at home and gather with family and close friends, rather than joining the large crowds, but we know that fireworks are still a part of your favorite traditions and that it’s likely that even more people than usual will be using fireworks at home. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the basic fireworks safety tips that can help keep you and yours safe while you celebrate the 4th of July in 2020.

A Word About Fireworks Accidents

Fireworks accidents are often the result of carelessness, unfamiliarity with fireworks safety, intoxication, or failure to supervise children. And they can also be caused by defective fireworks. If you or someone you love was injured in a fireworks accident, due to someone else’s negligence or defective fireworks, please, talk to an experienced accident attorney right away.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • When purchasing fireworks, choose a trustworthy, legal supplier.
  • Always read the instructions and warnings on your fireworks, even if they are a type you have used in the past.
  • Check for any local fire bans before using fireworks.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, this includes sparklers.
  • Never shoot fireworks from a car port or covered porch.
  • Use fireworks in a clear open area away from flammable materials including grass, dry leaves, and propane tanks, and away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Make sure that people and pets are well clear of the area, and do not shoot fireworks in the direction of the crowd, even if you think you’re aiming over their heads.
  • Do not allow intoxicated people to handle the fireworks.
  • Keep small children and pets away from fireworks, and make sure they are supervised when fireworks are being used.
  • Keep a bucket of water next to the person igniting the fireworks and a hose and fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Drop your spent fireworks in the bucket of water.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at buildings, people, or pets.
  • Wear your safety goggles or safety glasses.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Do not try to relight a “dud”.
  • Do not try to combine your fireworks to make them bigger and better. Shoot them one at a time.
  • Have a designated shooter.
  • Don’t use fireworks when it’s windy.

If you have been injured in a fireworks accident, please search our directory for an experienced accident attorney in your area.