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CPSC Encourages Caution when Using Fireworks for a Safe 4th of July Holiday

The 4th of July holiday is a national tradition of family barbecues, pool parties, red, white and blue cakes, and, of course, fireworks, to celebrate America’s Independence Day. In preparation for this fun occasion, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held its annual fireworks safety press conference where it demonstrated the dangers of both legal and illegal fireworks as well as highlighted some important safety tips for people who will be celebrating the holiday with legal fireworks this year.

According to the CPSC 2010 Fireworks Annual Report, approximately 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments last year, as well as three reported deaths. The CPSC urges everyone to exercise caution, even with small fireworks, such as firecrackers and sparklers, which alone caused about 2,100 injuries in 2010. They also encourage everyone to obey fireworks laws and regulations in their state.

If you will be celebrating 4th of July with legal fireworks in Nevada this weekend, the following CPSC tips will help you and your family enjoy a fun and safe holiday:

  • Young children should never be allowed to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged in brown paper as this usually means the fireworks were made for professional displays, not consumer use.
  • Never place yourself, or allow anyone to place themselves, directly above any fireworks when lighting the fuse.
  • Always back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never pick up or try to re-ignite defective or faulty fireworks.
  • Never throw or direct fireworks at another person or building.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a garden hose close by in case of fire or other problems.
  • Never ignite fireworks within metal or glass containers.
  • Light fireworks devices one at a time.
  • Always douse fireworks with water, or place them in a large bucket of water after they have finished burning and before they are thrown into the trash in order to prevent a trash fire.

It is every person’s responsibility to practice safety when handling fireworks so that everyone can enjoy the 4th of July holiday. If you, or a loved one, has been injured by fireworks due to the negligence or recklessness of another, the experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Shook & Stone can inform you of your legal rights and help you successfully file a personal injury claim. To learn more, call us today for a free consultation at 702-570-0000.

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