Independence Day is often filled with alcohol, grilling and fireworks. When added together, these ingredients can become the perfect recipe for a personal injury. There are precautions you can take to ensure you and your family stay safe this 4th of July weekend. Sklare Law Group, Ltd. in Chicago wants to remind you to practice firework safety, and make the most of your holiday weekend using these tips:
1. Stay 20-40 Feet Away. The only person who should be close to the firework is the one lighting the wick and this should always be a sober adult. Children and pets should especially be kept at a safe distance.
2. Use a Flat Surface or Plastic Bucket. Many injuries are caused by fireworks that tilt at the last minute or are pointed directly at someone. Using a flat surface or placing the firework inside a bucket can prevent you and your friends and family from getting hurt.
3. Have a Hose or Bucket of Water Nearby. In the event that a fire breaks out, have a hose, fire extinguisher or water bucket close by to put out the fire immediately.
Many of these tips may seem like common sense, but general safety can easily be ignored when alcohol is involved. Sometimes severe injuries can result from negligence during a company-run gathering on private property, in which case you may have a premises liability case or be entitled to workers’ compensation. The best way to handle a complicated injury such as a firework-related accident is to contact our lawyers in Chicago to see if you have a personal injury claim.
We hope you enjoy your 4th of July celebration. Practice our safety tips, and remember not to drink and drive.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a property owner or company, please contact our personal injury lawyers in Chicago at 1-800-LAW-0300 to schedule your initial consultation. Sklare Law Group, Ltd. serves clients in Chicago and throughout all of Illinois.