Cookout season has arrived and most people are preparing for Independence Day celebrations. With celebrations, however, come accidents at times. According to the National Safety Council, July is the deadliest month of the year; deaths from preventable incidents are 11 percent higher in July than in any other month. July’s heightened fatality rate results from, among other things, an increase in car crashes, drownings, extreme temperatures, and firework mishaps. Naturally, Independence Day and its surrounding weekend provide a short time period when many of these unfortunate incidents occur. The attorneys at Decof, Decof & Barry offer the following tips for you and your loved ones to help avoid personal injury:
Buckle up. The National Safety Council estimates that 466 people may be killed and an additional 53,600 people may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes this July 4th weekend. Although buckling your seatbelt will not prevent an accident, doing so may prevent serious injury in the event of an accident.
Mind your surroundings. The Los Angeles Times reports that more people drive drunk on Independence Day than any other day of the year. In addition, the holiday weekend is a heavy travel weekend for visiting friends and family. When traveling on the road this holiday, keep in mind that some drivers around you may be intoxicated; take appropriate precautions.
Do not “play” with fireworks. Many people consider fireworks to be the most iconic symbol of Independence Day and millions of people enjoy the display of beauty provided therefrom. Although fireworks are fun, they are not “toys.” According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is an average of 230 reported injuries resulting from fireworks on and around July 4th each year. Hand and finger injuries are the most common, with face and ear injuries coming in second.
To prevent serious burns and limb loss, make sure a responsible and experienced adult handles all fireworks. Furthermore, keep all fireworks away from children. Though, the safest way to protect you and your family is to attend a public fireworks display and leave the lighting to the professionals.
Be a safe grill master. Grills undoubtedly will be utilized for the pleasure of a cookout this Independence Day. Make certain to not leave the grill unattended and to prevent children from playing nearby. Heated grills, as well as propane tanks, have the potential to create serious personal injury.
The lawyers at Decof, Decof & Barry wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th holiday.