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National Council on Fireworks Safety Offers Fourth of July Safety Tips

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 23, 2015

NJ Firework Injury More house fires happen over the Fourth of July weekend than at any other time during the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and more burn injuries happen during this period as well.  This Independence Day, help protect the safety of those you love by focusing on safe fireworks tips.

While the NFPA recommends skipping backyard fireworks entirely in favor of a professional show, the National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS) argues that it’s possible to make backyard fireworks a fun, and safe, part of your Fourth of July celebrations.  To do so, keep tips like these in mind:

  • Do your homework.  Know your state and local laws about fireworks so you can ensure your display follows them.  Read all the information on the packaging for the fireworks you purchase, and brush up on fireworks safety practices so you can better protect your home and loved ones.
  • Put a responsible adult in charge.  A responsible adult should be assigned to light fireworks and to supervise the use of items like sparklers.  Children should be kept at a safe distance from the place where fireworks will be lit, and another responsible adult should be designated to supervise them.
  • Plan ahead.  Choose a space for lighting fireworks that is clear and set at a distance from buildings, trees, and other flammable items.  Have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water handy before you begin lighting fireworks.  A first aid kit and charged cell phone on the scene can become lifesavers in an emergency.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our experienced New Jersey injury lawyers can help you seek compensation if another’s negligence has caused you harm.  Contact us today to learn more.

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