Nothing says Independence Day like gathering with friends and family to watch colorful fireworks light up the night sky. With hundreds of professionally organized firework shows available throughout the state, New Jersey has no shortage of opportunities to lay out a blanket on a patch of lawn and take in a patriotic display.
Watching from a distance is the safest way to enjoy the festivities because of the inherent risk of injury involved with fireworks. It is now legal to buy fireworks in the Garden State, so safety is vital when using, viewing, or handling fireworks. If you plan to buy or use fireworks, there are plenty of safety precautions you should take.
Buy and Use Fireworks Legally
Buy only legal fireworks from a licensed dealer and check the packaging to be sure. Legal fireworks list the manufacturer and proper handling instructions. Products that do not contain this basic information could be illegally manufactured without regard for legal safety standards and may contain unauthorized component materials.
It is helpful to notice packaging that could indicate that they are professional-grade, meaning they are intended for permit-approved firework displays and are expected to be used only by someone qualified to handle them safely. Never attempt to build your own fireworks.
Do not stockpile fireworks. While they do keep for some time, they should be used right away. As with any flammable material, improper or prolonged storage can present problems. Fireworks should be stored in a cool, dry place away from all heat sources.
Wear protective eye gear when handling fireworks. Keep all fireworks away from children and pets. Have a water source, such as a filled bucket or hose, handy in case something catches fire and to aid in disposal of duds or spent remnants that remain hot after use.
Handling and Use
Fireworks should only be used outdoors. Young children should never be allowed to play with fireworks. If you allow older kids to use sparklers, they should be kept away from their clothing, hair, and skin. Never aim fireworks at yourself or another person and avoid the area if someone else is setting off fireworks. Do not point fireworks in the direction of trees, brush, or other flammable materials. It is also advised to handle only one firework at a time. Do not use containers made of metal or glass.
Clean Up Fireworks Properly
Put fireworks out safely. This consists of dousing all fuses, used canisters, and other used firework components with water to be sure any fire is extinguished, and smoldering materials are properly cooled. Clean up all debris, as something may still be dangerously hot. Some of the materials used in fireworks can cause damage to the environment and should be disposed properly.
Atlantic City Personal Injury Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Advocate for Victims of Firework Accidents
Fireworks cause serious injuries that can affect victims for life. If you were injured in an accident due to the negligence of another, the Atlantic City personal injury lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm can help you obtain compensation and justice you deserve. Call us at 609-926-3300 or fill out an online contact form for a free consultation. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury.