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New Years Fireworks Safety

By Omaha Personal Injury Attorney on December 17, 2013

Omaha Personal InjuryWho doesn’t enjoy greeting the New Year with a bang? Fireworks have been part of the American New Years tradition for a long time now. We’re used to hearing the loud crackles, pops, and bangs, and seeing the glorious colors explode in the night sky when the clock strikes 12. However, as vital as fireworks are to the festivities, they can also be dangerous and should be handled with great care.

According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, fireworks generally undergo rigorous testing before they are sold to the American public. That means defective fireworks are few and far between, yet, thousands of fireworks-related injuries are recorded every year, many of which occur on New Years. Most injury incidents, being completely preventable, occur due to improper procedure and/or lack of common sense.

Practice these safety guidelines to reduce your chance of experiencing a fireworks-related accident:

  • Go to a reliable dealer for your fireworks.
  • Follow all instructions on the label and do not alter fireworks products in any way.
  • Abide by fireworks laws in your area and please do not act recklessly.
  • Have an individual experienced with fireworks conduct the show for you and your family.
  • If children are going to be around, always have a responsible adult supervise them.
  • Never let a small child handle fireworks.
  • Keep a source of water nearby in case things go wrong.
  • Do not combine alcohol and fireworks. Drink after the show is over.
  • Use the fireworks in a clear outdoor space. Make sure the conditions aren’t conducive to fires.
  • After your fireworks are used up, soak them with water before throwing them away.

The Nebraska personal injury attorneys who are also physicians at Cullan & Cullan LLC hope everyone stay safe while having fun this New Year’s celebration.

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