Personal injuries you can avoid on the Fourth of July weekend
Updated: Jul 6, 2018
The Fourth of July is one of the most physical holidays we celebrate. There is so much to do outdoors – swimming, boating, fireworks and more. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July celebration is a time for many different types of personal injuries.
We don’t want you to end up in the emergency room, so please be knowledgeable about the most common types of injuries associated with the Fourth of July, and be extra careful while you are having fun.
Five types of personal injuries you can avoid on the Fourth of July
The following are five types of personal injuries that you can avoid by simply paying attention and being aware of the inherent dangers in each situation.
1. Burns from fireworks: If you are celebrating the 4th with fireworks, take some common sense precautions.
Never re-light duds.
Place all duds and used firework remains in a bucket of water.
Never light fireworks inside (you’d be surprised)!
Don’t light fireworks if you’ve been drinking.
Don’t buy illegal fireworks.
Keep a safe distance from the fireworks display.
Don’t allow children to light fireworks.
2. Death or Injury from Boating Accidents: Prevent injury to yourself, your kids, and others by following these simple rules.
All children should wear life jackets (and adults should too).
Take a boating safety course.
DO NOT DRINK and drive a boat!
3. Death or Injury from DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Accidents: Don’t drink and drive.
Don’t be shy about taking the car keys away from an intoxicated person who is about to drive.
Agree on a designated, non-drinking driver.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.
Never get in a vehicle when you know the driver has been drinking.
4. BBQ-Related Burn Injuries: The grill rules on the 4th, so heed the following.
Check your gas grill for leaks.
Keep flammable materials away from the grill.
Do not pour lighter fluid directly on even a small charcoal fire.
Store propane tanks in a cool place.
Do not grill in your garage (you’d be surprised)!
5. Pool Accidents: Pools are a great way to cool off on a hot summer 4th of July day. To avoid a pool tragedy, follow through with these recommendations.
Always have designated people watching children in the pool.
To avoid slip-and-falls, do not allow running around the pool.
Check all electrical fittings (such as any lights in the pool) to prevent electric shock or electrocution.
Do not drink excessively.
If you follow these common sense precautions, you, your family and friends, will be able to savor the joy of being together on this most important American holiday. Please be safe out there.
Happy Fourth of July!
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