Have a Safe and Happy July 4!

firework infographic

It's hard to believe we're nearly ready to celebrate another Independence Day. Hopefully you and your family have had a safe and healthy year thus far. Perhaps you've already heard some firework cracks and pops – familiar sounds as we approach the July 4 holiday.

Independence Day celebrations are joyous occasions, but I wanted to remind everyone to be smart and proactive with injury prevention. Approximately 200 people go to the Emergency Room every day with injuries related to fireworks between June and July.

Our law firm's marketing staff recently created the infographic you see above on July 4 safety, and I must say the statistics are a bit scary. They certainly remind us of the importance of safety, even while we're enjoying time with our friends and family. You can click the thumbnail to share the statistics and safety tips with others.

Pennsylvania Fireworks Laws

Remember that every state has different laws regarding fireworks. In Pennsylvania, many types of fireworks are illegal. According to the Pennsylvania State Police website, items defined as "ground and hand-held sparkling devices", "novelties," and "toy caps" in American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1 are not currently regulated by State Law and are permitted. They are the only types allowed to be sold from tents, stands, convenience stores, retail establishments, and other outlets not licensed by the Department of Agriculture. The state regulates other types of fireworks much more closely.

Fireworks Safety Tips

Here are a few fireworks safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this July 4 holiday weekend:

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.
  • Do not buy fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, because these types of fireworks are often made for professional use and could pose a serious risk to consumers.
  • More children under five are injured by sparklers than by any other type of fireworks. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move back a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that you didn't fully ignite.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose and a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire or other accident.

A Safe & Sober July 4

You might think that a holiday like New Year's Eve would have the most serious accidents, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July 4 is actually the most dangerous day to drive due to traffic and drunk drivers.

If you plan to include alcohol in your festivities, don't drink and drive. We encourage you to sign our Safe & Sober pledge for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Be sure to share the pledge with friends and family to inspire them to stay safe and sober as well.