Fourth of July is the day we Americans commemorate the adoption of the
Declaration of Independence in 1776 through celebrations in the form of
barbecues, pool parties, fireworks, parades, and more. Unfortunately,
it is also considered one of the most dangerous holidays due to the mix
of sun, alcohol, and explosives. Whether you plan on celebrating at home
or at other festivities around Fort Worth, you can take certain steps
to prevent accidents and injuries.
The following are several safety tips to following to have an injury-free
Fireworks - Fireworks is considered a staple when it comes to celebrating the Fourth
of July. Although many people enjoy watching a professional fireworks
display, many others choose to set off their own at home. Keep in mind,
most fireworks accidents are the result of misuse, so be careful and follow
the instructions. Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of a fire
or burn. Do not attempt to handle or re-light fireworks that do not fully
ignite. Do not let young children handle their own fireworks and maintain
supervision at all times.
BBQ - The hot summer weather is the perfect time to go outdoors and fire up
the grill to enjoy your favorite foods. If you’re not careful, however,
barbecues can be quite dangerous. Keep children, animals, and anything
flammable away from the grill while it’s warm. Ensure to shut off
the flame when the grill isn’t being used.
Road safety - Over one-third of Independence Day traffic fatalities involve alcohol.
So if you choose to drink, have a designated driver or use Uber, taxis
or other forms of public transportation. When driving, keep an eye out
for any erratic driving behavior. Avoid distractions while driving, such
as cellphones. Obey the laws and keep seatbelts fastened at all times.
Water safety - If your holiday plans include fun in the swimming pool, ensure that
everyone knows how to swim. Adults must actively supervise young children
and stay within arm’s reach of them and newer swimmers. Make sure
you have rescuing equipment nearby just in case of an emergency, unless
a lifeguard is on duty.
If you follow these safety tips, we ensure that your Independence Day will
go according to plan. Our experienced legal team at the
Law Office of James M. Stanley wish all of you a fun and safe Fourth of July!
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligent actions of another party,
request a free consultation with our
Fort Worth personal injury lawyer today.