Safety Tips for 4th of July Weekend
The 4th of July in Oklahoma means dazzling fireworks displays, backyard BBQ’s, family and friends, and ice cold beer. However, fireworks are a display and celebration of the Independence we hold so dear here in the United States, they also account for thousands of injuries each year. With the 4th quickly approaching, the professionals here at Jones Brown Law have put together a list of safety tips for you and the kids to ensure a great Independence Day weekend.
If I asked you- What are the most dangerous fireworks? You would probably say Roman Candles, bottlerockets, or the huge fountains right? As a matter of fact the most dangerous of them all is the one you would never think of, the sparkler. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports, states that sparklers cause 4.6 times more injuries than Roman candles, and are 14 times more injuries than fountains, multiple tube fireworks, and bottlerockets. Sparklers burn at around 2000 degrees, that is hot enough to melt and weld metal.
Tips To Keep Everyone Safe This 4th of July:
- Keep your cell phone or smartphone charged so that you can quickly call an ambulance if anyone gets hurt.
- NO DRINKING. If your unable to operate a car safely, then you should not operate a firework that could burn down a building, blind someone, or severely burn another person.
- Keep a water source handy. The garden hose or a bucket, perhaps a small fire extinguisher.
- A first aid kit would be a good idea as well, in case someone was to get burned.
- Use plenty of sunblock and sunscreen.
- PLEASE do not try and make your own fireworks. Believe it or not there is a science behind the making of a fireworks and you do not know the science.
- Put the animals in the garage or in the house.
- NO ROMAN CANDLE FIGHTS.
- Do not attempt to buy or use any fireworks that are illegal where you live.
- Fireworks should absolutely never be aimed toward a building, vehicle, person, or group. They should also never be lit indoors. This includes your garage, which is probably full of flammable materials.
We sincerely hope that no one in your family will be injured while celebrating our nation’s independence. Unfortunately, no matter what safety precautions that you take, there’s no controlling what other people will do. If you or one of your loved ones was injured by an intoxicated person who got careless while lighting or handling fireworks at a Fourth of July party or barbeque, contact Jones Brown PLLC. immediately.
If your injuries were caused by the careless actions of another person, he or she may be liable for the losses and expenses that resulted. To talk about your case and if you have a personal injury claim for your fireworks or sparkler accident, call the law offices of Jones Brown Law. CLICK HERE.
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