Avoiding Burn Injuries: 4th of July Safety Tips [Infographic]

In addition to knowing what types of fireworks are legal in Louisiana, the safe handling of fireworks is critical to personal safety. Make this Fourth of July a fun and safe event for the whole family! Review state laws and safety tips below.

Louisiana Fireworks: Rules & Regulations

The selling period for fireworks in Louisiana begins on June 25 and ends July 5. Fireworks are also available December 15 through January 1.

According to Louisiana statute, pyrotechnic fireworks are not permitted for individual use, sale, or purchase. However, there’s a list of permissible fireworks that individuals can safely, and legally, enjoy in Louisiana.

Permissible fireworks include Class “C” (consumer fireworks) as defined by the Department of Transportation and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Examples of legal fireworks include (but are not limited to):

  • Spark/showering devices
    • Cone or cylindrical fountain
    • Flitter sparkler
    • Ground spinner
    • Illuminating torch
    • Wheel devices
    • Toy smoke
  • Aerial devices
    • Helicopter aerial spinner
    • Mine or shell
    • Roman candle
    • Bottle rockets
  • Audible devices (ground or aerial)
    • Firecracker
    • Multiple tube fireworks

Louisiana cities, counties, and perishes may have stricter rules on fireworks. For example, Lake Charles bans the use of all fireworks, unless permits are obtained for professional displays.

In Lafayette, the city allows permissible fireworks, but there are time restrictions on when they can be used.

Get to know your local laws before you buy and use any firework in Louisiana. Violators will be fined; fines increase for subsequent offenses.

Firework Safety Tips

Fireworks are a big part of Fourth of July celebrations, and burn injuries are particularly common around this time.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2016, fireworks caused 11,100 hospital visits and four deaths—the vast majority of these incidents occurred in July.

Even sparklers can be dangerous. Knowing how to safely handle fireworks is important if you want to avoid injury and potential property damage.

4th of July safety

How to avoid burn injuries:

  • Choose fireworks that are appropriate for the area you’ll be using them in.
  • Always purchase ready-made fireworks; avoid kits that require assembly.
  • Read labels and follow directions carefully.
  • Supervise children around fireworks at ALL times.
  • Light one firework/device at a time.
  • Always point fireworks away from people.
  • If a firework doesn’t seem to work, don’t go over to it or attempt to relight it. Stand back for a while. If you can reach it with a hose or bucket without getting too close, douse it with water.
  • When lighting fireworks, always keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Stay away from dry grass or brush when lighting fireworks.
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away.
  • Keep your dogs in a safe place. Fireworks stress them out, and that can lead to injuries.

 

If you follow local laws and exercise caution when handling fireworks, you should have no problem enjoying a bit of sparkle at your next Fourth of July event.

Remember, local laws vary. Check your city’s municipal code for specific details about permissible fireworks.

If you find yourself injured by a negligent party-goer, call the personal injury lawyers at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson for relief.

Got questions about an injury? Call our Lake Charles office at 337-240-9349, or contact us online.