4th of July Firework Safety in New Jersey | What to Know

The 4th of July is around the corner which means pool parties, barbecues, and in many cases, fireworks. If you plan on lighting fireworks for the 4th of July, it is important to educate yourself on firework safety. Unfortunately, a lot can go wrong when it comes to fireworks and it is important to keep yourself, and those around you, safe. Read on to learn more.

What to Know About Firework Safety

When lighting fireworks, make sure to take the following precautions:

  • Never stand directly over a firework before lighting it off.
  • If a firework is a “dud,” or it doesn’t light on your first attempt, do not try and relight it. Many people are injured this way every single year.
  • Do not light off fireworks until you are positive that all guests and spectators are a safe distance away.
  • Before you throw fireworks away after lighting them off, ensure they are cool, as a hot firework can start a fire in a trash can. Additionally, it is generally a good idea to douse the firework with cool water.
  • Do not purchase illegal fireworks. Ensure you first look up whether fireworks are legal in your area, and which fireworks are legal.
  • Adults should be the only individuals who handle fireworks. Children should never be in charge of, or left alone with, fireworks.
  • Keep your pets inside, as oftentimes, the loud fireworks can cause them to panic, run away, or otherwise behave abnormally.
  • Ensure you have a fire extinguisher, as well as a garden hose, on standby. If anything goes awry, you must ensure you have the necessary tools on hand to handle the situation.
  • Before lighting fireworks, ensure you have protective glasses on.

What is the Statute of Limitations in New Jersey?

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to make sure you file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Do not let this happen. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney right away.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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