When people think of the fourth of July, they often think of fireworks. Lighting fireworks is a long-held tradition, and a great way to celebrate the holiday. But, fireworks can be dangerous. As a result, it is important to take a number of precautions. Read on to learn more about firework accidents and the preventative measures to take.
What to Know About Firework Safety
Before lighting off fireworks, there are several safety precautions you should take to help ensure your safety and that of those around you. Some of these safety measures are as follows:
- Before you purchase your fireworks, ensure lighting them off is legal in your area.
- Never allow children to handle fireworks. Fireworks must always be handled by responsible adults.
- When lighting off fireworks, ensure all spectators are a safe distance away.
- Do not light off fireworks without first having a fire extinguisher and a working hose on standby in case of a fire.
- Do not light off fireworks without wearing protective glasses.
- If a firework does not go off initially, do not attempt to relight it, as this very often results in serious burn injuries.
- After setting fireworks off, douse them in cool water before throwing them in the trash. All too often, people will neglect to do so and trash fires will occur as a result.
What do I do if I am Injured in a Firework Accident?
If you are injured in a firework accident because of another party’s negligence, you may have a valid premises liability claim. Our firm can gather and present all evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof. In order to do this, you should:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene: If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention: Go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injury. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
If you or a loved one is injured in a firework accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out to speak with an experienced and dedicated attorney.
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The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.