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Independence Day brings us backyard barbeques, festive parades, and fireworks with colorful light shows.  It's also a great time for a reminder about safety when it comes to fireworks. 

Over 8,000 people are injured each year from fireworks-related accidents in 2012.  Approximately 60% of these injuries occur in the weeks surrounding July 4th according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Nearly three-quarters of fireworks-related injuries sustained were to males, and almost half of all accidents occurred to kids under the age of 20.

Fireworks, although fun, can be a real danger if improperly handled. The National Safety Council advises that families follow these important tips in order to have a fun and safe celebration this 4th of July:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should only use fireworks under adult supervision
  • Light fireworks outside in a clear area away from other people, houses, trees, and other flammable materials
  • Light one device at a time, and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Do not allow running or horseplay while fireworks are being used
  • Never ignite a firework in a container
  • Never attempt to relight a dud firework; instead, dump water on it and discard it safely
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby to extinguish fireworks that malfunction or in case of a fire
  • Make sure all fireworks are legal in your state before buying or using them, and check to see if there are any bans in your area

From everyone here at LDM Law, we hope you have a wonderful, safe and fun filled holiday!