Summer has arrived, which means, time for relaxing fun with friends and family. Independence Day is right around the corner, and enjoying fireworks is often part of the party. Most personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas will tell you: safety must come first when using fireworks. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Know What's Legal
Always follow all local laws. In Las Vegas, fireworks are only permitted from June 28 through July 4 and restricted to those considered "safe and sane." That means only those that stay in a small area on the ground and do not explode or rocket into the air. Legal choices should be stamped as such to make it easy to know what's okay.
Even legal fireworks can pose a safety hazard so caution is always necessary. Here are a few firework safety tips from personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas:
- No Alcohol. Mixing drinks and fireworks is a recipe for disaster.
- Adult Supervision. Never let children shoot fireworks on their own. An adult must be responsible for fireworks at all times.
- Safety Gear. Wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks. Even the safest designs can be unpredictable.
- Water on Standby. Keep a bucket of water and a hose on standby and place all expended fireworks into the bucket.
- Ditch the Duds. Never try to relight an unexploded firework. Wait at least 20 minutes before approaching a dud, and then place it into a bucket of water.
- Inspect the Area. Once you've finished all your fireworks, perform a careful inspection of the area including nearby homes to be certain there is no smoke or fire.
Don't Forget Pets
Most household pets become agitated by loud fireworks. Keep your pet’s safe by leaving them comfortably at home instead of bringing them to the show. If your pets tend to be nervous, consider an interior room where the sound should be dampened and leave a T.V on to help distort the sound further. Double check your pet's identification tag in case they do manage to get out.
Stay Safe this Summer and Call Our Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys
If you've been injured by the carelessness of another party, our personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas want to know. Give us a call at 702-388-4476 or fill out our "Do You Have a Case" form and receive a free case consultation.