Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday.

How You Can Have a Safe Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is here. It’s a time where many of us take this opportunity to celebrate our great nation. This holiday brings plenty of opportunities for cookouts, parades, boating trips, hikes, parties, picnics and more. And of course, what Fourth of July would be complete without fireworks?

Of course, as experienced personal injury attorneys, we enjoy the Fourth of July — but we are also aware of the many dangers that this holiday can pose to our family and friends. Mixing alcohol with fireworks, vehicles, and boats can be a deadly combination, and any number of other potential injuries can arise while enjoying the festivities. That is why we have put together a list of our top tips for staying safe this Fourth of July.

Parade Safety: If you are going to a parade, make sure to keep kids clear of all vehicles and floats. Kids may approach to the cars, firetrucks, and other participants in the parade, especially if they are throwing candy and other goodies. Watch your children carefully to make sure they do not run out into the parade route.

Cooling Down: Summer means hot weather, and that can lead to heat-related illnesses. Be mindful for signs of heat stroke. Be sure to stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest in cool areas in the shade whenever possible. Get to air conditioning if the day is particularly hot, and be sure that older people and small children are not exposed to extreme temperatures for extended periods of time.

  • Pool Time: Swimming can be a great part of any party — but you should always be mindful of the pool rules. Never swim alone or allow children to swim unattended. Don’t allow anyone who is drinking to swim, and be sure to watch all swimmers carefully. If any children are not strong swimmers, have them wear a lifejacket for added safety during busy holiday get-togethers.
  • Grilling Safety: Propane grills are popular, but can present danger if gas builds up under the hood before ignition. Be sure to follow all instructions before lighting, and always turn off the gas supply completely when done cooking. For charcoal grills, avoid excessive use of lighter fluid, and make sure you dispose of hot coals appropriately.
  • Fireworks: When it comes to fireworks, it’s best to leave the pyrotechnics to the experts. Fireworks can be fun, but they can also be incredibly dangerous — particularly for anyone who is inexperienced or has been drinking. They may also be illegal in your state.
  • Alcohol: This holiday and throughout the year, we urge you to never drink and drive. Impaired driving is a leading cause of death and serious injuries. If you have been drinking, plan to stay over or get an Uber or Lyft to take you home safely.

Staying safe this Fourth of July will help you have a fun holiday — and avoid the need for a trip to the emergency room. If you have been hurt in an accident, the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker can help. Contact us at 800-333-0000 or to schedule a free initial consultation. We never charge a fee unless we recover money for you!