Firework Safety During Fourth of July

Learn about the dangers of fireworks, tips for a safe Fourth of July, and what to do if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a firework injury accident.

Fourth of July has arrived and here in Greater Los Angeles that means barbecues, fun in the Sun, extra time with family, and trips to the emergency room.

Independence Day festivities can turn tragic in a flash as firework related accidents injured 11,100 people in 2016 and caused 7 fatalities per year from 2001 to 2016.  (See HERE.)

Common injuries from fireworks can include:

  • First degree, second degree, and/or third degree burn injuries
  • Eye injuries and blindness
  • Wrongful death
  • Loss of fingers, toes, hands, or limbs from explosions or amputation
  • Wounds from shrapnel and flying debris

California Firework Laws

The County of Los Angeles bans all fireworks in unincorporated Los Angeles County.  Within each incorporated city laws and rules vary.  Many cities, like Downey, allow for the limited use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks, while others, like the City of Los Angeles, have an outright ban on all fireworks.  California divides fireworks into two categories.  “Dangerous” fireworks are essentially any that go up in the air, explode, or move on the ground uncontrollably and are illegal without valid permits.  “Safe and Sane” fireworks are anything else and must have the “State of California Fire Marshall Registered Firework” seal.  (Health and Safety Code sections 12500-12728.)

Tips to Avoid Injuries During Fourth of July

The safest way to celebrate the Fourth of July is to leave it to the pros.  (For a list of shows, see HERE.)  If you want to indulge in your own fireworks, however, here are some safety tips:

  • Check with authorities about your City’s laws and rules
  • Light fireworks on even pavement away from anything flammable, including vegetation
  • Only adults should light fireworks or closely supervise teenagers 16 and above
  • Have buckets of water and hoses at the ready in case of a fire or an accident
  • Never use glass bottles or cans to hold or support fireworks
  • If a firework is a “dud” leave it alone for at least 20 minutes, then soak it in water
  • Don’t carry any fireworks in your pocket
  • Never horseplay or roughhouse around fireworks
  • Wear safety eyewear and fire resistant clothing

(See HERE.)

Why Call a Personal Injury Attorney If Injured?

Firework injury accidents are not only the result of illegal fireworks, they are often because of the negligence of those who make, sell, buy, and/or use them.  If the unthinkable happens and you or a loved one is injured or killed over the holiday, it is critical to engage a powerhouse law firm that has the resources, staff, and award-winning Los Angeles personal injury lawyers to hold at-fault parties accountable and to maximize your recovery.

The Dominguez Firm has experienced firework injury lawyers to assist and get you the compensation you deserve.  If there is no recovery, there is no fee!  Call now for a free consultation at 800-818-1818.

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