Last year on the fourth of July, a man celebrating the holiday with his
family in front of his house was horrifically injured. While setting up
to ignite fireworks, the illegal explosive exploded in his hands. One
hand was completely lost and the other only has two fingers remaining.
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys understand that this accident occurred on the other side of the country,
but it could have happened here in Kingston, or in Newburgh, Poughkeepsie,
New York City, or anywhere else up and down the Hudson River Valley. With
a safety first mindset, residents of these areas can survive the holiday
without accident and injury.
The safest way to avoid a fireworks accident is to simply view a
legally sanctioned fireworks display in the place of your choosing. Obey the rules set by event officials and
stay outside of restricted areas. With this said, accidents still happen
even when people follow these rules. If such an accident does happen,
victims of the accident might be able to receive court ordered compensation
if the accident was caused by a
What about fireworks used by people in their backyards or elsewhere? Aren’t
they illegal? Well, people do not always follow the law; but fireworks
are not illegal in New York anymore. Starting this month in 2015, novelty
fireworks are legal in the Empire State. The catch is that each individual
county must opt into the law. We are talking about sparklers, cone fountains,
and the like. Ulster is one of the opt in counties. So it is important
to know if your county has opted in and what fireworks are legal.
It is also important to know that these novelty items are still dangerous.
Injuries to the face, eyes, hands, and arms can still occur. While using legal fireworks, follow
the directions listed on the package. Wear appropriate clothing protection.
Do not point the fireworks at anyone else or touch anyone with the ignited
device. Never use fireworks under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.
Soak the expired firework in water before disposing of its remains. Of
course, do not light and or use the fireworks near dry vegetation, refuse,
or close to buildings and similar structures.
The package may also list age restrictions. Follow these warnings. If the
firework is not recommended for a person under a certain age, do not allow
a person of such age to handle the firework. If no such recommendation
is listed, the rule of thumb is that children under twelve should not
use fireworks without adult supervision and perhaps they should not use
them at all. Basic common sense also governs the issue; in some situations,
even people older than twelve should not use fireworks.
Learn more about July Fourth safety tips from our New York Personal Injury
our latest article posted here.
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Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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