Firework Safety on the 4th of July | What to Know

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Many Americans celebrate the 4th of July with a beautiful firework display. However, it is necessary to take fireworks seriously and ensure that they are used safely. Read on to learn more about firework safety in New Jersey.

Firework safety preparation:

It is important to buy the proper fireworks and set up the scene properly to avoid accidents and injuries. Be sure to take the following safety precautions:

  • Before buying fireworks, ensure that they are legal in your neighborhood. Once you determine that it is legal make sure you buy the correct fireworks. Do not buy fireworks that come in brown paper. They are for professionals and should not be used in small neighborhoods.
  • Adults should be the only ones to handle and light fireworks. Children should never light fireworks or be left alone with fireworks. 
  • Keep water nearby, such as a hose, in the event that a fire starts. You should also have a fire extinguisher on hand. 
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never light fireworks in a glass or metal container.
  • Keep your pets inside so they do not become scared or hurt.

Lighting fireworks safely:

Once you set up a safe scene, you will have to take precautions when lighting the fireworks. Be sure to:

  • Wear eye protection at all times while dealing with fireworks
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never light fireworks in your hand
  • Keep all spectators at a safe distance away from the display
  • Quickly back away to a safe distance after lighting the firework
  • Never throw or point fireworks at another person
  • Never pick up and relight a firework if it did not properly combust. This often leads to serious burn injuries 
  • After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes then douse it with cool water before disposing of it
  • Never consume drugs or alcohol while lighting fireworks

What is the statute of limitations?

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. This is because an injury can result in serious damages including physical, emotional, and financial burdens. However, if you wish to take legal action, it is important that you do not wait. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within this time will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, contact our firm today.


To learn more about how we can help you after sustaining an injury due to no fault of your own, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or contact us online.