As we get ready to celebrate this July 4th, many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate. This often includes grilling hot dogs, watching a baseball game, and watching some fireworks. If you or your family plans on shooting off fireworks, it is important to take safety precautions. As a Detroit injury lawyer, this office knows just how life-changing certain injuries can be. By taking some simple precautions, it is possible to enjoy the holiday while minimizing your risk for injuries.
First, do not drink alcohol and shoot of fireworks. A person is far more likely to be hurt, and far more likely to hurt someone else, if they are intoxicated and lighting fireworks. If you plan on drinking, it is best to go to a professional display or to allow a sober friend or family member to handle your fireworks.
Second, be sure that you are shooting off fireworks in an open area free of obstructions. Don’t shoot fireworks off too close to a home, power lines, other people, or anything that might be in the path of the display. People should also take care not to point fireworks at anyone nor should they stand directly over a firework when lighting it. Children should also only be allowed to light fireworks under the close supervision of an adult, if at all.
Third, do not manipulate fireworks or try to assemble your own. If you try to combine fireworks or remove safety mechanisms, a firework could go out of control. Only use legitimate, legal fireworks as they are intended to be used.
Fireworks safety it is important because more than 11,000 people were injured over this holiday in 2013 with eight deaths reported. By taking some simple steps, however, everyone can enjoy the birth of this country safely. At Davis Law Center, we want everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth of July.