Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

Miley Legal Group

When Used Safey, Fireworks are a Great Addition to any Celebration

Everyone loves fireworks!  Celebrating the independence of our nation always comes with lighting things on fire and watching them explode, however this year, West Virginians can now legally purchases additional items to enjoy their holiday weekend.  The West Virginia Legislature changed the law to now make it legal to purchase consumer fireworks above the normal sparklers and fountain type fireworks.

New Firework Types You Can Buy

What the new law added to what you can by includes:

  • Sky Rockets and Bottle Rockets
  • Missile-Type Rockets
  • Helicopter and Aerial Spinners
  • Roman Candles
  • Multi-Aerial Mine and Shell Devices
  • Aerial Shell Kits
  • Reloadable
  • Firecrackers

Avoid Accidents, Use Fireworks Safely

With many families gathering to celebrate the Fourth, it is important to ensure all safety precautions are taken, especially around children and your pets.  Not only given the obvious harm from burns and explosions in the viewing area, but with the additional choices to use, the individuals setting them off need to be more careful.  An explosion from a fountain type firework is nothing compared to incorrectly setting off a shell device.

The American Pyrotechnics Association has released some safety tips, including the following:

  1. Always have a sober adult in charge and never give fireworks to young children, even sparklers.
  2. Read and follow the directions on labels.
  3. Keep spectators at a safe distance.
  4. Never place any part of your body over a firework device.
  5. Only use fireworks outdoors away from buildings on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface that is free from debris.
  6. Have a working garden hose or bucket of water handy.
  7. Light only one firework at a time and never approach or reignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.
  8. When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag & dispose outside in a covered trash can.

We are Your Firework Accident Attorneys

Celebrating the Fourth of July is a great time to get together with family, friends and members of you community to enjoy the sights and sounds of the summer, fireworks included.  However, with the change in regulations; there will be a larger amount of inexperienced adults firing them off this coming weekend.  Be aware of your surroundings and make sure you are viewing fireworks from a safe distance.   Leave any location that you feel unsafe, whether it be the viewing area or if the person lighting the fireworks appears inexperience or even intoxicated.

As a personal injury law firm, we have seen a number of cases where fireworks were set off improperly.  Property and people were damaged in most all cases.  If you or a loved one gets hurt by a careless individual setting of fireworks, contact our office for a free case consultation.

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