Summer Fireworks Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Fireworks are a popular Fourth of July activity. However, fireworks can be dangerous. Accidents, burns, and even wildfires are all risks of using fireworks. In addition to these dangers, many kinds of fireworks are illegal. Users should be aware of local laws, and apply common sense to stay safe when firing fireworks.

Accidents and Burns

Fireworks cause many accidents and injuries every year. On average, 240 people visit the emergency room daily in the days around the Fourth of July. In 2013, 40% of all firework injuries involved children younger than 14.

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Fourth of July Firework Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The 4th of July and fireworks have been linked in the minds of Americans for years. While fireworks can be a cause of great enjoyment and amusement, they can also be extremely dangerous, so much so that they are classified as a hazardous substance under the Federal Hazardous Substance Act. Because of this, most fireworks are illegal to buy and sell in Virginia. However, since consumer fireworks are legal under Federal Law they may be shipped from outside the state to your home. These larger consumer fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Injuries from misuse of fireworks can include but are not limited to:

Burns (1st, 2nd, and 3rd degrees) Loss of limbs (hands,… Read more

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