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Fireworks Safety

Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers discuss fireworks safety to help families enjoy summertime festivities without incident. Independence Day is approaching and soon millions of Americans will be celebrating with parades and cookouts. Cities and towns across the country will enjoy breathtaking firework displays. A beloved national tradition, Fourth of July fireworks are the perfect ending to a perfect day. Yet every year, they cause thousands of preventable fires, explosions, burns and other injuries. In 2017 alone, nearly 13,000 people were injured in fireworks accidents.

Defective or improperly used fireworks can cause:

  • Burns
  • Hearing and vision damage
  • Lacerations
  • Lost limbs
  • Smoke inhalation

Fireworks come in all shapes and sizes. Many people assume the bottle rockets and sparklers they purchase at the convenience store are not dangerous. But sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, potentially burning skin and igniting clothing and hair. When heavy duty explosives get into the wrong hands, they can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries.

To ensure your holiday is enjoyable and safe from start to finish, remember these tips for safely enjoying fireworks this summer:

  • Only use legally purchased, non-modified fireworks.
  • Never allow children to hold or light fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outdoors, away from structures.
  • Have a hose or bucket of water nearby when using anything flammable.
  • Do not attempt to relight “duds” or failed fireworks.
  • Do not pick up pieces of fireworks after they have ignited, as they may still be lit.
  • Keep pets in a quiet place away from fireworks.
  • Soak fireworks in water before disposing of them.

When in doubt, relax and enjoy what your community has to offer. Leave the bright lights to the experts.

Fireworks Accidents and Personal Injury Claims

As thrilling as fireworks can be, they can also be incredibly dangerous. Nearly every summer a tragic accident causing debilitating injuries makes the news. When fireworks go wrong and bystanders get hurt, they should know they may have some legal recourse to hold negligent individuals or companies liable for their injuries.

An experienced personal injury lawyer representing the injured victim will review the circumstances of the accident to determine if fault lies with the company that manufactured a dangerous or defective product, with a city or town who permitted illegal fireworks, or with an operator who detonated fireworks in an unsafe manner. From there, the attorney begins to build a claim to prove the case and increase the victim’s chance of recovering compensation for their pain, suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.

Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Victims Injured in Summertime Accidents

Summer is the time to make memories. Whether you spend it at the pool, the campground, or the baseball field, summertime accidents are always possible. Anyone who has been injured by fireworks or other warm weather hazards can trust the experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. A free case review is your first step. Call 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221 or complete an online contact form to schedule yours today. With offices located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware, we represent injury victims throughout Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County, Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Newark, Dover, and Middletown, Delaware.