Four Ways To Ensure Safety on July 4th

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Children and adults alike have purchased fireworks in order to celebrate Independence Day in style. To prevent a spike in burn-related injuries, the Bernard Law Group is offering Washington residents a series of important safety tips that can help ensure holiday celebrations don’t turn tragic.

...we have to remember that we’re dealing with explosive materials capable of obliterating a limb or even taking a life.

Viewing fireworks displays is a tradition for many families, but some people want to take a more active role in proceedings. All across Washington and the rest of the country, fireworks stands have been erected and citizens are making purchases that will allow them to usher in the Fourth of July with a bang.

But when you have thousands if not millions of Washington citizens lighting off explosive materials, there are bound to be accidents. Emergency rooms see a dramatic increase in the number of burn and smoke inhalation injuries at this time of the year, and with the threat of wildfires always lurking in some areas, there’s a distinct possibility that the smallest spark could lead to widespread tragedy.

The Seattle product liability lawyers of the Bernard Law Group hope that citizens across the country recognize the danger posed by fireworks. Kirk Bernard has witnessed the repercussions of lasting burn damage firsthand and knows that such situations should be avoided at all costs.

“Even as we celebrate the founding of our country, we can’t just throw safety out the window for the day,” said Mr. Bernard. “Appropriate precautions must be exercised at all times when dealing with flammable substances. When all is said and done, we have to remember that we’re dealing with explosive materials capable of obliterating a limb or even taking a life.”

To help Washington residents celebrate the holiday safely, the firm has put together a list of FOUR safety tips that should be recognized this Fourth of July.

Follow The Directions of the Manufacturer

-Many injuries occur because the person lighting the firework failed to heed the labeling contained on the product. Fireworks have wicks for a reason. Citizens should light the firework the way it was designed to be lit. Once it takes a spark, the individual should retreat a safe distance away and wait until the blaze is fully extinguished before approaching the lighting area again.

Obey Local Regulations

-Depending on where one lives in Washington, it might not actually be legal to light fireworks. This is particularly true if a given residence is in an area susceptible to wildfires. Consumers can consult this list from the Prevention Division of the Washington Fire Protection Bureau to determine if lighting fireworks would be illegal. Those who are unable to set off fireworks legally due to local ordinances should consider traveling to an approved public display.

Understand Fire and Injury Prevention Techniques

-Even a small spark can create a large blaze. Consumers must light fireworks a sufficient distance away from any flammable structures and keep a bucket of constantly replenished water on hand at all times. If a flame refuses to go out or a firework appears to be a dud, the object must be doused with water.

-A designated lighter should light fireworks one at a time. This person should never pour gunpowder from one device into another, and children should not be allowed to set off fireworks. To dissuade kids, parents must stress that fireworks are not toys. If lighting a projectile-based firework, citizens should absolutely NEVER point them at another individual or they could be held liable for the ensuing injuries.

Refrain From Lighting Dangerous Fireworks

-Illegal fireworks need to be avoided at all costs, but the threat also extends to common fireworks that many don’t think of as posing a hazard. Sparklers, long favored by parents who want their children to stay away from more “dangerous” fireworks, can reach temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees within moments, yet they’re somehow considered “kid-friendly” fireworks. Consumers should remove sparklers and any other fireworks they think would pose a danger from the agenda.

By following these tips, citizens can hopefully help their families and friends celebrate Independence Day in the safest manner possible.

Kirk Bernard has been protecting the rights of Washington personal injury victims for 30 years, achieving landmark court victories and settlements in the process. The Bernard Law Group provides legal representation for those injured in automobile collisions, workplace accidents, medical malpractice situations, defective drug incidents, product liability cases, and more. Persons interested in a free consultations are encouraged to visit the firm’s website.

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