When asked their favorite thing about the 4th of July, many people say “fireworks.” Lighting fireworks on the 4th is a long-held tradition. But, it can be dangerous. When people act negligently around fireworks, serious and even fatal accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about firework safety in New Jersey.
How to Prepare to Light Fireworks
Before lighting your fireworks, it is important to prepare the area. You can do this by taking the following steps:
- Do not buy fireworks that are in brown paper. These are to be used by professionals, not in small neighborhoods where they can endanger others.
- Adults must be present and children should not have access to fireworks on their own
- Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in the event of a fire
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Do not ignite fireworks in a glass or metal container
- Keep pets inside as not to scare or potentially injure them
How to Safely Light Fireworks
Once you ensure that the scene is safe, your job is not yet done. There are a number of other important measures to take. When lighting fireworks, make sure to adhere to the following:
- Wear eye protection
- Do not light more than one firework at a time
- Never ignite fireworks indoors
- Do not light a firework in your hands
- Keep all spectators at a safe distance away from the display after lighting it
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person
- Do not relight a firework that did not properly ignite the first time
- After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes before dousing it in cold water and throwing it away
- Do not consume drugs or alcohol when handling fireworks
What is the Statute of Limitations in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file in time will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation that you need and deserve in order to heal.
If you are injured in a firework accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Reach out to our firm to speak with a skilled and dedicated attorney.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.