Summer is here and that means the 4th of July is around the corner. Independence Day is usually filled with fun family traditions and summery activities, but, as attorneys, we’re pretty good at recognizing the risks in seemingly harmless events. That’s why we’re offering some tips on how to keep the whole family safe this July 4.
Play (Safely) With Fire
Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand in hand. That said, each year thousands of Americans are injured (and some are even killed) in firework accidents. If you’ll be setting off some explosives, make sure they’re the legal variety, and do so in an open space well away from structures, grass and wood. Never allow children to play with fireworks unsupervised.
Watch the Road
Road trips are pretty common this time of year, and the 4th of July remains one of the most deadly days of the year to drive. Keep everyone in your car (and on the road) safe by never driving drunk, distracted or drowsy. If you’re traveling, get enough sleep beforehand and avoid driving at nighttime, when more intoxicated drivers are likely to be on the road.
Be Careful Around Water
Pools, rivers and lakes are all popular destinations during the July 4th weekend. But drowning remains a leading cause of death for children, so keep in mind that kids should never be allowed to swim (or play around water) unsupervised. Make sure everyone wears appropriate life jackets when you’re on the lake or river.
Alcohol can ruin all kinds of situations, from driving to backyard barbecues to family activities. Be careful when you drink to do so in a safe setting, and make sure you have a designated driver. Never allow underage kids to drink alcohol – even under your supervision.
Celebrate independence safely this year! Happy 4th of July!