4 Ways to Practice Fireworks Safety This 4th of July

by | July 3rd, 2014

Watching or putting on a fireworks display is synonymous with the 4th of July. Without proper care though, these displays can quickly lead to serious accidents.

Take the case of a 35-year-old man from Akron, Ohio, who suffered a catastrophic injury as the result of an exploding bag of fireworks. He now speaks to others about the risks of using fireworks and the importance of fireworks safety.

According to ABC 5 News, on July 1 of last year the victim stopped and purchased a bag of fireworks from a stand on Grand Avenue. As he was making his way home with the bag though, it ignited, sending its contents into an explosive frenzy that claimed his left arm.

The catastrophic injury required four surgeries and the man says he still suffers from phantom pain and hearing loss.

So what can you do to stay safe with fireworks this 4th of July? Here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Have Supervision– Children should never light or handle fireworks, even sparklers. An adult should instead cover those duties. Even when an adult is setting off a fireworks display, there should be other adults present in case of an accident.
  • Don’t “Play” With Fireworks– You should never hold a lit firework or attempt to toss or throw fireworks in the direction of others.
  • Don’t Drink or Smoke– Consuming alcohol can impair one’s judgment, making it dangerous to drink and attempt to light fireworks. Smoking can also be hazardous, as a cigar, cigarette, or discarded ash could ignite a display.
  • Extinguish– Be sure to soak spent fireworks in water prior to throwing them away.

The Cleveland personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe and having fun this 4th of July!