Fourth of July Safety Tips

Independence Day is here again and people across the country are planning how they are going to celebrate. Events like fireworks displays, barbecues, and parties can all be very enjoyable, but they can also be dangerous.

The National Safety Council estimates each year 385 people are killed and 41,200 injured from Fourth of July related accidents such as: car collisions, misuse of fireworks, and pool accidents. Minimize your chances of suffering by observing these few safety tips.

 Firework Safety

Fourth-of-July-safety-tipsThe Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that are nearly 12,000 reported injuries attributed to improper use of fireworks. However, these accidents can easily be avoided with a little bit of caution.

  • Read cautionary labels before igniting any colorful explosives
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to children
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Aim fireworks away from buildings, cars, or people
  • Never relight a “dud “ firework

No matter how much fun everyone is having, safety should always be on our minds when enjoying recreational activities.

Driving Safety

The National Highway Safety Administration claims that 59% of all fatal accidents are due to drunk driving. Enjoy yourself while ensuring the following:

  • Designated Driver– Arrange a designated driver and ensure they remain sober
  • Alternate Plan– If you don’t have a designated driver, plan to take a taxi, UBER, or Lyft
  • Hydrate and Eat ­– Drink water in between your drinks and consume some fresh grilled burgers or hotdogs
  • Stay Alert –If you’re the designated driver, watch for intoxicated pedestrians, and other drunk drivers on the road

 Pool Safety

Independence Day also marks the height of the summer heat and many will be in the pools cooling off. The combination of alcohol and water activities can be dangerous. About 51% of emergency room visits are due to pool or spa submersion injuries compared with other accidents. In order to prevent such accidents you should secure your pool with these preventive measures:

  • Build a fence around the pool
  • Install anti-slip surfaces
  • Never leave a young child unattended near the water
  • Keep children off the main drain
  • Keep flotation devices nearby

If you are the homeowner hosting the pool party, it is your responsibility to ensure all safety measures have been made. You can be held liable if you an accident does occur.

We at Bergener Mirejovsky hope everyone enjoys this celebration of our independence. But, should you fall victim to an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. If you are injured in Fourth of July accident, contact us for a free case review at 1-800-881-2021. No pressure. Just answers.

That means we charge you nothing unless we reach a successful settlement of your claim. If we don’t get you compensated for your damages, you don’t pay us a dime.