July 03, 2013
Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
Fourth of July is a time of eating, drinking, and fireworks. Fireworks are a proud American tradition, but for many, these explosives have become a hazardous recurring problem. As personal injury lawyers, Daniel C. Miller Attorney is dedicated to public safety. This holiday, protect yourself by following fireworks laws and safety precautions.
“Fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2011 (95 percent confidence interval 7,600–11,600),” reported the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission). With so many injuries, it’s critical that basic fireworks precautions are taken. Many of these tips may seem elementary, but if followed, they’re often very effective.
If you’re wanting to see a beautiful fireworks display this Independence Day, we suggest checking out a professional show. These shows are typically local, free, and a much safer alternative than a backyard display. To learn where you can see a professional fireworks show, check a community events board or newspaper.
Staying sober is an essential part of fireworks safety. Just as people are discouraged to drink and drive, drinking and experimenting with fireworks should be avoided. If you plan to drink this holiday and still want to enjoy a light show, secure a “designated shooter.” After all, a sober fireworks shooter will ensure that the individual igniting the fireworks and all those enjoying them will stay safer.
Know State Parameters
Each state has its own laws regarding fireworks. These laws dictate what types of fireworks are legal and where they can be used. If you’re a Kansas or Missouri resident, it’s essential to know your limitations, as they differ across the bi-state area. Unsure about your state’s existing fireworks regulations? Ask your State Fire Marshal’s office. And for more specific questions concerning community fireworks laws, contact your local law enforcement department. As you know, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.
This Fourth of July, celebrate more than your independence — celebrate your safety! Practicing fireworks precautions and laws is a great way to stay safe this holiday. Suffering a fireworks-induced personal injury? Call Daniel C. Miller Attorney, your neighborhood personal injury lawyer, at (816) 875-0470.