For most Americans, the Fourth of July is the day we celebrate our country’s independence by cooking great food, having pool and beach parties, setting off fireworks, and watching parades. However, this day is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. In order to ensure you and your family have a fun and safe holiday, our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer has put together a helpful list of safety tips in hopes that you have an accident- and injury-free Independence Day.
The following are several effective safety tips for the Fourth of July:
- Fireworks safety – Many Independence Day celebrations include fireworks, which has also been used by our nation’s founders. But according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 240 people go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries in the month leading up to the Fourth of July. So before the holiday, please talk to your children about firework safety. Do not let young children handle fireworks and never leave them unsupervised. Since most fireworks accidents are caused by misuse, read and follow all instructions carefully. Avoid handling or re-lighting fireworks that don’t completely ignite. Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby.
- BBQ grill safety – You can’t have a Fourth of July celebration without hamburgers, hotdogs, and other grilled delicacies. If you plan on barbequing, never leave a lit grill unattended. Do not grill indoors or in an enclosed area. Ensure that no children, pets, or flammable objects are near the grill. Never add lighter fluid to coals that have already been heated. Use long-handled tools to avoid getting too near the flames.
- Water safety – Many Americans flock to the beaches, lakes, or swimming pools with their friends and family on Independence Day. Do not enter the body of water alone and always swim with a buddy. Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear life vests. Adults should actively supervise children and stay within an arms’ reach at all times.
- Road safety – Over one-third of traffic fatalities that occur on the Fourth of July involve alcohol. If you decide to consume alcohol this holiday, find an alternative mode of transportation (e.g. designated driver, Uber, taxi, or public transportation). If you decide to not consume alcohol, but still drive, be sure to keep an eye out for any erratic behavior and always wear your seatbelt. Avoid distracted driving, so put down the cellphone or any food when you hit the road.
Our experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Dan Davis wishes everyone a Happy Fourth of July!
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