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The Fourth of July is almost here, and though fireworks are great fun for all, if you are hosting this year, it is critical you observe firework safety. Below, our firm has written a short checklist for firework safety. Please keep the following tips in mind:

10 Tips For Firework Safety

  1. Never purchase fireworks if they are illegal in your area. 
  2. If you come across fireworks wrapped in brown paper, do not buy them, as they are professional-grade and are not intended for amateur use.
  3. Obtain and wear protective glasses when setting off fireworks. You can get these at any hardware store relatively inexpensively. 
  4. If a firework does not go off at first, leave it be. Do not try to relight it.
  5. Never light off fireworks before ensuring all guests are a safe distance away. 
  6. Once you’ve used a firework, pour cool water over it and wait a while before throwing it away. 
  7. Never allow children to light off fireworks–fireworks are exclusively for responsible adults. 
  8. Do not keep fireworks in your pocket. This is extremely dangerous.
  9. Do not let your pets out, as dogs, for example, are known to run away and behave abnormally when exposed to the bright lights and loud noises. 
  10. Always have a water source, such as a hose, and a fire extinguisher on standby. 

Can I sue if I am injured in a firework accident?

If you are at a friend or family member’s house and are injured in a firework accident due to their negligence, there is a very good chance that you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Fortunately, with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney at your side, you stand a solid chance of winning the compensation you need in a premises liability lawsuit. That being said, you must file your claim in a timely fashion, as the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is, generally two years, giving the wrongly injured, generally, two years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait any longer than two years, you will most likely be barred from suing. Our firm is here to help you through every step of the claims process ahead. All you have to do is ask.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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