How to Reduce the Risk of Injury This Fourth of July

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There’s nothing like seeing colorful fireworks lighting up the night sky on the Fourth of July while spending quality time with your friends and family. Especially since last year’s celebrations were limited due to COVID-19, many are looking forward to celebrating the holiday this year.

As we roll into July soon, it’s important that you take steps to protect yourself and your family from these common Fourth of July accidents and injuries. Here are three ways that you can reduce your risk of injury during the upcoming holiday.

Use Fireworks with Caution

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured by fireworks badly enough to require medical attention. Burns, eye injuries, and lacerations are just some of the most common injuries associated with fireworks.

If you will be using fireworks, make sure to have a hose or bucket of water nearby to extinguish used or malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a good distance away from fireworks, and never light them indoors or point them at people. Additionally, ensure you are aware of firework laws in your area.

Sparklers Can Be Dangerous for Kids

Children love holding sparklers during Fourth of July celebrations. While you may think that these are safe for young children, this is not so. Sparklers can burn at temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. They also account for nearly half of firework-related ER visits in children under 5. As a parent with young children, you may want to consider using safer alternatives, such as confetti poppers, glow sticks, or silly string.

Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents

As with other celebrations, many Fourth of July parties and gatherings involve alcoholic beverages. Inevitably, this leads to more drunk or impaired drivers on the road. If you will be drinking outside of your home, remember that drinking and driving is never worth it. Instead, designate a sober driver or call a taxi or rideshare vehicle for transportation.

All drivers should be aware of the telltale signs of drunk driving, which include speeding, swerving, excessive braking, running red lights and stop signs, or driving on the wrong side of the road. Avoid drivers who you believe may be intoxicated and report them to your local police department.

We Are Here for You

With these safety tips in mind, all of us at Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C. hope that you and your family have a safe, wonderful Fourth of Holiday! If you or a loved one is injured during holiday celebrations or at any point in time, turn to our Waco personal injury attorneys to learn more about your potential legal options. We will fight for you and pursue justice on your behalf.

Contact our firm at (254) 938-6885 today! Our offices are located in Waco and we also serve clients in Austin and across the state of Texas.

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