A vibrant display of fireworks against a dark night sky, featuring an array of colors including red, purple, and orange. The fireworks create an impressive burst pattern, illuminating the scene with bright and dynamic light trails—ideal for a safe Fourth of July celebration.

The Fourth of July is one of the most fun, celebratory American holidays, in large part due to fireworks. If you are someone who is planning on inviting guests over for the festivities, however, you must take several safety precautions. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What do I need to know about firework safety?

If you plan on setting off fireworks this fourth of July, there are several precautions you must take before, and during, the firework festivities. Some of these safety precautions are as follows:

  • Do not light off fireworks if they are illegal in your area. 
  • Always leave responsible adults in charge of fireworks, never children. 
  • Keep your pets inside, as they very often run away or act abnormally when exposed to the loud sounds and bright lights of fireworks. 
  • Always have a water source, such as a garden hose nearby. It is also a good idea to have a fire extinguisher at the ready as well. 
  • Put protective glasses on when lighting fireworks.
  • If a firework does not combust initially, do not try and relight it. This can, and often does, result in serious injury. 
  • Before lighting off fireworks, ensure you tell everyone to stand back and that they are a safe distance away. 
  • Once you have used the fireworks, ensure you douse them with cool water before throwing them into the garbage to prevent a fire. 

What happens if I am injured in a firework accident?

If you are injured in a firework accident due to another party’s negligence, you may have legal grounds to file a premises liability claim. However, to win one of these claims, you will have to retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can gather and present all evidence needed to win you the financial compensation you deserve and need to heal. That being said, the sooner you reach out to our firm, the better. Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations of two years for personal injury claims which means you will, generally, have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party who caused your injuries. If you wait any longer than two years, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We can fight for the compensation you deserve today.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.