When you think of the 4th of July, you likely think of barbecues, sparklers, and of course, fireworks. This weekend, many people will light fireworks to celebrate the holiday. While this may seem like some innocent fun, it can be incredibly dangerous. If you intend to light fireworks or attend an event where fireworks are being set off, it is important to take safety precautions. Read on to learn more about firework accidents in Maryland.
Firework safety tips:
There are some important rules to remember when it comes to setting off fireworks:
- 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. The person lighting the fireworks should be sure to move a safe distance once the firework is lit.
- 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.
What if I am injured in a firework accident?
If the above safety precautions are not followed, serious injuries can occur as a result. If you are injured in a firework accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will have to provide proof that your injuries were a direct result of another party’s negligence. Be sure to take the following steps after an accident:
- Call 911
- The police can send an ambulance and ensure the scene is safe
- Seek medical attention
- Be sure to go to a doctor as soon as possible after an injury occurs. This will ensure that the injury receives the necessary medical treatment, while simultaneously providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Document the scene
- If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Document the hazardous conditions that caused the accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts
- If anyone else saw the injury occur, they may be able to provide important witness testimony.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm to discuss your case.
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