fourth of july safety

Staying Safe on the Most Dangerous American Holiday

Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, means backyard barbecues, picnics at the park, trips to the beach, and, of course, fireworks. But there’s a dark side to this joyous and festive occasion: Fourth of July is the most dangerous American holiday weekend of the year, according to the National Safety Council. Every year, hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries result from car crashes, swimming accidents, and firework accidents that occur during the Fourth of July weekend.

The compassionate personal injury lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm want everyone to have a great holiday, and a safe one, which is why we have provided the following safety tips.

Road Safety

  • Slow down and stay back. Leave a buffer zone of at least one car length for every 10 mph of speed between you and the vehicle in front of you. This way, you’ll have enough time to react to hard stops, which tend to occur more often in frantic traffic (and chances are you’ll experience a lot of that come this Fourth of July).
  • Don’t drive distracted. The best thing you can do for your safety and the safety of your passengers is to silence your phone and keep it in the glove compartment when you’re behind the wheel. This way, you won’t be tempted to text or talk while driving, which can be just as dangerous of drunk driving. Speaking of which …
  • Don’t drive drunk. There are so many alternative options for transportation nowadays that there is zero excuse for this dangerous behavior. Have a designated driver, take public transportation, use Uber or Lyft – whatever you do, don’t drive drunk, even if you’re “only buzzed.” Buzzed driving is still drunk driving.

Firework Safety

  • Stay at least 500 feet away from a public fireworks show.
  • Never let children play with fireworks.
  • Never point fireworks at a person, animal, vehicle, structure, or flammable material.
  • If someone is playing dangerously with fireworks, either get them to stop or leave the area immediately.
  • Never attempt to relight a “dud.”
  • If you’re the one lighting the fireworks, wear eye protection and have a bucket of water on hand just in case.

Grill Safety

  • Never, ever grill indoors.
  • Keep all pets and children away from the grill.
  • Don’t grill near flammable structures or materials.
  • Follow closely the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If you’re the grill chef, use the proper tools to keep yourself safe.

Beach Safety

  • Put on sunscreen and keep hydrated.
  • Avoid rip currents. If you do get caught in one, swim parallel to the shore until you are free.
  • Only swim in calm weather conditions.
  • Do not mix drinking and swimming.
  • Watch out for dangerous aquatic life. Don’t play with animals.
  • Avoid diving in headfirst, especially in shallow waters.
  • Keep vigilant, especially if there are children around.

About Wilshire Law Firm

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