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Few events better embody summer than the Fourth of July celebrations of America’s independence. July Fourth is easily one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. There are countless ways to have fun, including outdoor activities such as pool parties, backyard BBQs, and fireworks displays. However, if safety is not given enough priority, the holiday can also bring about suffering and tragedy. Here at Philpot Law Firm, we have put together a few safety tips to help you enjoy the holiday safely.
Unfortunately, there are 19% more traffic fatalities on Independence Day than on other holidays, as a result of drunk driving and increased traffic. Additionally, a seat belt was not worn in 52 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. When it comes to operating vehicles, make sure you are following basic driving precautions. Never multitask while driving; always give it your full attention.
- Drive the Speed Limit – Speeding reduces your reaction time and makes collisions more serious.
- Exercise Caution – Secure any items that may shift while the vehicle is in motion. Don’t pick up anything that falls to the ground.
- Do Not Use Electronic Devices
- Buckle Up – Make sure everyone in your vehicle always has their seatbelt on.
- NEVER drive under the influence or get in a car with someone who is.
In the hands of amateurs, fireworks are dangerous enough on their own. But when alcohol enters the picture, the risk is immediately increased. On the Fourth of July, many people opt to drink more alcohol than usual. Before using any type of fireworks or explosives, read all instructions to help prevent serious injury during your celebration. NEVER light off any fireworks while aiming them at someone else. During use, keep a source of water close at hand. Never handle or try to relight a failed fireworks display. You can be seriously injured from the fireworks’ delayed reaction.
There are extra precautions you should take if you’re planning to host a Fourth of July celebration at your home. Check your home and yard for any potential hazards prior to the event to protect you and your guests. If you anticipate having kids at your event, make sure there are designated spaces for them to play safely. Recognize, clean up, and remove any spilled food, liquid, or broken items right away.
If you plan to be near the water, always stay in groups of at least two people. Never let a swimmer go alone; make sure a second capable person is nearby in the event of an emergency. Running should not occur near the swimming pool area as one is likely to slip and fall. Pay attention to what’s going on around you so you can help, if needed, or take the right precautions to prevent getting hurt. If someone around you is inebriated, keep them at a safe distance from the water. Even a strong swimmer is at risk when they have been drinking.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to an accident, call one of our attorneys immediately. Whether it’s due to drunk driving, a slip and fall accident, or the result of someone’s negligence, we’re here to help. We have several experienced attorneys that will help you get the compensation you deserve. Remember, Nobody Fights for You Like Family!
We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday this year!