Independence Day Safety and Fireworks Laws Independence Day has been celebrated since the American Revolution or 1776 and as many refer to the United States holiday the 4th of July it has only been recognized as an official national holiday since 1941 (Source.) We are ready to celebrate another Independence day that beginning July 2nd 1776 was used to celebrate the birth of American freedom that came at the price of wounded and men killed to secure that eroding freedom we still harken back to and enjoy every Independence Day.
- July 4 and Fireworks
- Safety Tips for Parents and Kids
- What the Official Statistics Say
- California Law and Fireworks
The Significance of this Grand Holiday and Fireworks
The 4th of July celebrations typically have become more of a summer celebration than the original intent. The men of the Revolutionary War of the 13 colonies declaring their liberation from Great Britain and the Continental Congress voted in favor of freedom. Two days after the congress approval Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence.
Today 4th of July celebrations may begin the day with parades, family get together meetings, parties, boating, barbecues and concerts. One thing is clear, the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air is part of the tradition memorializing our many battles for independence from an oppressive, overreaching government that was taxing us at such a high rate, no one but the King’s Men could make a profit. Alcohol and fireworks are usually a part of the modern Independence Day celebrations and this is a hazardous combination.
Due to the danger fireworks can pose The National Council on Fireworks Safety has put together a list of safety tips for the public that can help reduce the risk of being harmed:
- Before purchasing or setting off fireworks check the state and local codes and statutes about the permitted use of these colorful pyrotechnics.
- Read the description and warning labels before lighting fireworks.
- Fireworks should only be used outside and never inside of a dwelling.
- The area where the display will be lit should be away from houses, outbuildings, cars, trees and debris that could catch fire.
- Wear eye protection when setting off fireworks.
- Do not light fireworks while drunk. •
- A bucket of water and hose should be near where the fireworks will be lit.
- When lighting fireworks move away quickly from the lit firecracker.
- In the event a firecracker is a dud it is suggested to wait 20 minutes and then immerse it into the bucket of water.
- Firework disposal should be done by wetting them down and then placing the remnants in a metal garbage container. The container should be away from any combustible materials or structures until the following day.
- Supervise children even though items like sparklers may seem harmless they can cause severe burns.
- Fireworks of any kind should never be carried in pockets.
- Firecrackers of any type should never be shot into glass or metal containers.
- M-80’s and quarter sticks are illegal explosives and should be reported to the police or fire department.
- It is dangerous to experiment with homemade fireworks and should not be done.
- It is against FAA regulations to transport or possess fireworks in baggage.
Fireworks Accident Statistics
According to a published report there were over 10,000 people injured by fireworks last year and 11 people died as the result of firework related incidences. Three of the casualties were not participating or watching displays in which fireworks resulted in their deaths. One young woman died after someone tossed a lit sparkler into her apartment window. The woman’s death was due to smoke inhalation.
The other two people who died with no involvement in a fireworks display was a couple whose roof and house caught on fire after lit fireworks landed on the roof. The statistics show that children under the age of five account for approximately 1/3 of all fireworks injuries and 23 percent of fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers.
Fireworks and the Law
Generally the State Fire Marshal and other legal entities determine the laws for use of fireworks, which means that some states specific types of fireworks are legal and in some states fireworks of any kind are illegal. In states where certain fireworks are legal they have very specific rules about the types allowed such as ones that do not contain any explosive compounds, do not detonate or explode.
They are ground based or hand held, but do not propel themselves in the air. Then they often have regulations about the chemical compounds such as fireworks not containing more than 100grams of the compounds that produces’ sparks. In many states including California the illegal firecrackers include ones such as roman candles, skyrockets, or any fireworks that contain explosives or flammable compounds.
Southern California Fireworks Accident Lawyers
Accidents can happen in the vicinity of fireworks even when a person is a bystander enjoying the show. These mishaps can result in serious injuries resulting in costly medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and other damages.
The seasoned attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC have the experience necessary to help you recover financial compensation if the harm suffered was caused by negligence. Contact our lawyers toll-free at 888-400-9721 to discuss your case and let our skilled attorneys evaluate your claim with a free consultation.