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4th of July Safety Tips

While the Fourth of July holiday is a time of celebration across the nation, it is crucial to be safe when celebrating with friends and family. Cookouts and lighting fireworks are popular activities for many, so our injury attorneys want to make sure that you remember these fire safety tips that were released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in conjunction with Independence Day weekend:

Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them — The Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection states that fireworks are prohibited in Connecticut for use by non-professional, non-licensed users. Sparklers and fountains are not technically considered fireworks and can be sold, although they cannot legally be sold to or used by people younger than 16 years of age.

Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks — FEMA states that sparklers alone account for 25 percent of emergency room fireworks injuries. Never assume that sparklers and fountains are incapable of harming children.

If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire — Having a bucket of water prepared in advance will be much more convenient and efficient instead of waiting for a bucket to fill while a fire continues to burn or possibly spreads.

If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water then throw them away — Many injuries across the nation stem from people attempting to relight malfunctioning fireworks, and such accidents can cause serious injuries.

Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one that is glass or metal — Make sure you are operating any fireworks as instructed by the manufacturer.

Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs — Grill location is important to help reduce the likelihood of common unexpected fires.

Open your gas grill before lighting — If you fail to leave your lid open, you will fill the chamber with gas and risk a severe accident.

Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited — Taking simple maintenance measures with your grill can help reduce the likelihood of a fire.

Declare a three-foot “kid and pet-free zone” around the grill to keep them safe — Keeping children and animals away from the grill is always smart because it helps prevent some common burn injuries.

Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill — People usually put a lot of thought into their summer wardrobe, but you want to be sure that whatever you are wearing is not at risk of possibly getting too close to the grill.

If you or your loved one suffered an injury because of a property owner’s negligence during an Independence Day party, contact the Connecticut lawyers of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today. We can review your case when you call (203) 397-1283 for a free consultation.

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