There is a disconnect between local laws (which prohibit most fireworks) and the actual practice of many Pennsylvanians (who get fireworks from other jurisdictions). The result is that the locally available information starts with “Don’t use illegal fireworks” and offers very little else that is helpful.
There are a lot of safety resources available on the internet, of course, but one caught our eye because of the presentation. You can find a video safety course on fireworks use HERE . The video offers an object lesson in the dangers of fireworks, a brief history of fireworks, a review consumer fireworks and regulation, and safety lessons in the use of consumer fireworks.
Now, we will also echo the conventional wisdom. Obey local laws. You should. We advocate that you should. Don’t be confused about our position on whether or not you should obey the law. However, we know that many of you won’t and we believe that you ought to have helpful safety information available to you. So, in addition, we offer these general suggestions:
* Only use fireworks outdoors.
* Always have water handy (hose or bucket).
* Don’t alter or combine fireworks. Use them only as intended by the manufacturer.
* Don’t let children use fireworks. In fact, even sparklers should be limited to children age 12 or older.
* Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.
* Use common sense. Spectators and others should keep a safe distance from the fireworks and the person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.
* Drinking and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
* Do not use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
We hope you and your family have a safe and fun Fourth of July.
Contact a Pennsylvania Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of careless fireworks use in northwest Pennsylvania, we can help. Contact us today for a free consult. We’ll tell if you have a case and whether we can help you. Call 814-833-7100 locally or 814-833-7100 toll free.