The Fourth of July is just a few short weeks away and, if you are like
most other Americans, you are already starting to think about how you
are going to celebrate it: barbeques, friends, and
fireworks. Indeed, no holiday is more synonymous with America than Independence
Day, and nothing embodies our passion for our freedom more than a great
firework display. For as fun, exciting, and beautiful as fireworks may
be, they can be even more dangerous if they are not handled appropriately.
If you are planning on attending a firework show or perhaps will set some
off on your own property, keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent
accidents, injury, and property damage.
Fight fire with water: If there is no ample source of water nearby, the firework show must not
go on. Ideally, if you are near a home, you will have a water hose at
the ready with someone assigned to using it. Spray down each firework
after it goes off, or if it is a dud. For handheld sparklers, drop them
into buckets of water when finished.
Level the playing field: No fireworks of any kind should be lit if they are not on a completely
level surface. Even a small slope can send a fireball arcing unpredictably
and lead to a dangerous blaze. Declined surfaces can also cause a firework
to tip over in mid-launch. Also ensure at least 20 square feet around
the firework is barren dirt, concrete, or sand – nothing flammable
can be close by.
Stand back: Small fireworks can be unexpectedly dangerous if you are near. Please stay
about 30 feet away from even small devices. Larger fireworks demand even
more space, so you should be 100 feet or more away. When lighting a firework,
do not keep any part of your body directly above it; outstretch your arm
and use a lighter with good reach. If a lengthy fuse is an option, use it.
Note: Most fireworks are illegal in Florida. To avoid legal trouble, you should
not purchase fireworks from an unlicensed vendor or light any firework
that is illegal, no matter where you purchased it. If you have questions
about what fireworks you will be permitted to use on your property, call
your local sheriff’s department, or the department of parks and
Speaking of trouble, if you are hurt by a firework and you believe you
are not responsible for it, you could have a personal injury case on your hands.
Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Assocaites, PLLC today by calling
866-675-4427. Our Stuart personal injury lawyers have
millions for our clients across Florida and would be happy to start your case with a
free initial consultation!