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Kids And Fireworks Are A Dangerous Combination

Independence Day weekend is upon us. Whether you have travelling plans, intend to watch fireworks somewhere, or have no plans at all, it is a good idea to be aware of the dangers posed by this particular holiday. The Fourth of July sees an increase in accidental injuries and deaths when compared to other days. If you want to enjoy the Fourth without incident, you need to keep your eyes open for potential hazards.

One danger that is less common in New Jersey than in many places is the danger of fireworks injuries. It is illegal to buy or sell fireworks here. That does not mean we are free from injuries, just that they are less common. If you are travelling out of state, you should be aware of the potential that someone will be shooting off fireworks. Kids are particularly prone to these injuries. In fact, 12 year-olds are the most likely age group to be injured by fireworks. Fireworks pose a danger to adults. In the hands of children, they are an accident waiting to happen. 

Few states allow children to purchase fireworks. When kids have them, it is because they were given to them by adults, or they were able to gain access to fireworks that were not stored properly. If you are hosting a gathering where children will be present, you are responsible for making sure any fireworks do not fall into the wrong hands. Failure to do so could result in a terrible injury and, subsequently, a premises liability lawsuit.

Another issue to be on the lookout for is that of drunken driving. Casual drinkers are more likely to get drunk, and make the poor decision to drive, on a holiday like Independence Day than they are on a normal weekend. After parties, family gatherings and fireworks displays, large numbers of people climb into their cars to head home. If you are planning to be one of them, make sure you will not be drinking. If you will, make sure to have a sober driver lined up for the trip home.

Source: STAT, "Explore: See how fireworks injuries skyrocket on July 4th" by Natalia Bronshtein, 1 July 2016 

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