As July 4th gets closer, sales of fireworks go up and the number of injuries from fireworks rises too. Brent Adams & Associates’ accident injury attorneys in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn created a list of tips to help you and friends stay safe around fireworks:
- It may seem obvious, but never “test” or light fireworks indoors. Find a large and open area to set off fireworks, one that is clear of buildings and trees. Don’t even try to use sparklers indoors, although they’re small and seem safe for kids to use, they can reach temperatures hot enough to melt gold.
- If a firework doesn’t appear to be working, like a bottle rocket, don’t approach or stand over it. Old or defective fireworks may have a delayed ignition time or an abnormal explosion. In some situations, young children and adults have stood over bottle rockets that were not taking off, only to have the firework shoot directly into their face, causing severe scarring and facial reconstruction, loss of vision, and in some cases, death. Fireworks that do not explode should be soaked in water for one hour before being disposed.
- Do not smoke near fireworks. Anything flammable near fireworks can cause serious injury and unintended explosions.
NC injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates help people who have been injured by fireworks accidents. Negligent use of fireworks could injure innocent people who are present just to observe a fireworks show. An example of negligence is if someone leaves a used sparkler on the ground and an innocent person steps on it and gets burned.
NC Fireworks Accidents
A Vance County fireworks accident injured three young students in May 2012. The NC fireworks accident happened on school property in the morning when the school was full of students. If you or someone you care about experienced injuries from fireworks because of someone else’s poor judgment and careless behavior, a NC personal injury attorney can help you. Call 800.849.5931 to learn about your rights in a NC injury case.