Fourth of July Firework Safety Tips

By Peter DePaolis

Do you plan to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend with a firework display? If you do, make sure you are careful, as the incorrect handling of these items can lead to serious injuries and house fires.

We represent injury victims in Virginia —each jurisdiction has its own laws about fireworks. Make sure that you are using fireworks that are legal—if an accident occurs, aside from being held civilly liable, you could face criminal charges or fines.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, very few people understand the injury risks associated with fireworks. In 2013, it was estimated that more than 11,000 people in the U.S. were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. Of these injuries, 55 percent involved extremities like fingers, while 38 involved head wounds.

Those most at-risk for firework injuries are children—make sure you monitor any child if you are going to participate in a fireworks activity. Additionally, the National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends the following tips:

  • Read the labels and performance descriptions before igniting a firework
  • Do not drink alcohol and participate in firework activities
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Use fireworks away from buildings and vehicles
  • Always have a bucket of water and a hose nearby to extinguish fireworks that may continue to burn after a display

Injured By Someone’s Mishandling of a Firework Display? Speak to Our Attorneys

If you or a family member has suffered an injury because someone improperly handled a firework or used an illegal selection during a display, speak to our attorneys.

Injuries like amputations or head wounds can result in expensive therapy and rehabilitation.

You should not have to suffer because someone made reckless decisions. Through a premises liability or general personal injury claim, you may be able to pursue damages.

You can visit our social media sites by clicking on the icons below for personal injury news. Stay safe this Fourth of July—enjoy yourself and do not put others at risk.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.