A Timely Reminder: Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

Before you decide to play with fireworks this Fourth of July, it might be a good idea to recall what happened to NFL defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul last year when he played with fireworks. The 26-year-old star pass rusher for the New York Giants had purchased a rental truck full of pyrotechnics that were newly legal under the state’s amended fireworks law. Pierre-Paul spent a good part of the night hurling fireworks into the air, but one piece of celebratory ordnance went off in his hand before he had a chance to toss it away.

The result was mayhem. The device blew off most of his index finger and part of his thumb, while scorching his hand. Pierre-Paul would require surgery to amputate the rest of his index finger. The accident put his career in doubt and eventually cost him millions of dollars in lost earnings. 

For your health and safety, we at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban urge you to take the proper precautions this Fourth of July. The National Council on Fireworks Safety has a list of recommended safety tips that could prevent a devastating accident:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing them in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

Please follow all of these recommendations, so you and your family can remain safe and enjoy your summer.

If you have questions about a personal injury, contact a law firm with more than 200 years of combined experience. Call (888) 351-1038 or contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online to schedule a free consultation.

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