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Celebrate Safely with these Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety TipsThanks to late some late game heartbreak against Belgium, we won’t be celebrating a World Cup victory this weekend. While that may be a bit of a bummer, we can all take solace in celebrating our country’s birthday.

With beautiful weather on deck here in Texas, you can bet there will be no shortage of barbecues, picnics, boat trips and firework shows to celebrate Independence Day. Unfortunately, with one of the biggest of party weekends of the year comes one of the most dangerous.  Keep these Fourth of July safety tips in mind and do your part to promote safety this weekend.

Fourth of July Safety Tips

  • Drink responsibly – It’s no secret; this weekend inevitably involves a considerable amount of alcohol consumption across the country.  Remember to always have a designated driver – on land and the water.  If one is not available, be sure to have the local cab company numbers and the Uber or Lyft apps for car service. Also, keep in mind that alcohol doesn’t mix well with fireworks or swimming. Both can be hazardous and lead to countless injuries every year.  Have fun, but be smart out there.
  • Keep an eye on the kids – Independence Day offers a lot of dangers for children.  Always be mindful of children around water and have at least one chaperone with them at all times when around the water.  The same applies to fireworks.  Children are injured or killed every year due to inattentive adults. Having somebody assigned to watch them at all times will help to ensure their safety.
  • Be a better boater – If you are going out on the lake this year, be sure to familiarize yourself with the local boating laws.  Under no circumstances should you drink and drive a boat. Not only is it illegal, but it puts everyone on the water at risk.  Also, remember to inspect all safety gear and ensure there is an adequate number of life jackets for everyone on board.
  • Firework safety – Review your local laws regarding fireworks and whether or not they are legal.  If fireworks are allowed, be sure to read all labels carefully.  Never re-light a “dud” firework or point them in the direction of anyone.  Keep water nearby in case of emergency.  You may need to put out a fire without notice.
  • Be a safe cook – Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, tent, trees or anything else that could possibly catch fire.  If using charcoal, be sure to dispose of coals safely.  Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Protect your “best friend” – Your pets want to party, too! Just remember, more often than not, fireworks and pets do not mix. You may want to leave them inside the house or, at the very least, bring a toy to keep them occupied.  Fireworks can often startle or scare them and, in some cases, cause hearing damage. Also, be sure to store any fireworks, lighter fluid and citronella candles up and out of reach.

Independence Day is a great time to celebrate with friends and family.  Keep these tips in mind and use common sense and you should have a great time. Unfortunately, not everyone will make safety a priority. In the event of an accident, we urge you to contact our personal injury lawyers to discuss your situation.

Have fun and be safe out there!