Independence Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the U.S. each year, with observances including cookouts, pool or lake time, parades and fireworks. It can be a fun time to get out and enjoy time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the busy holiday is also the most dangerous.
U.S. hospitals treat more than 10,000 injuries related to fireworks each year. Sixty-eight percent of these injuries occur during the Fourth of July weekend. Adults aged 20-24 are reported to have had the highest rate of these injuries. The National Safety Council estimates that over 450 people are killed and 53,600 injured in roadway collisions on Fourth of July weekend and additionally, about 19 children drown on average each year.
Below are some tips below to keep in mind so you can enjoy time with friends and family while keeping everyone safe.
- Wear protective eyewear while lighting fireworks.
- Only light one firework at a time, and never attempt to relight a “dud.”
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable material.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
- Keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.
Pool, Lake & Beach Safety:
- Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear an appropriate life jacket.
- Keep alert for local weather conditions.
- Pay close attention to children and other adults swimming.
- Swim sober and always swim with a family member or friend.
- Avoid heat-related injuries by drinking plenty of water and limiting exposure to direct sunlight.
- Protect yourself from the sun; wear sunscreen and reapply often.