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Fourth of July Safety Tips

Jul 1st, 2024

As we approach the Fourth of July, many of us anticipate a day filled with celebrations, fireworks, and spending time with loved ones. However, it’s crucial to remember that safety should be at the forefront of our minds during these festivities. Here are some essential tips to help ensure that your Independence Day is both enjoyable and safe.


Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations, but they also pose significant risks if not handled properly. Fireworks accidents accounted for nearly 10,000 emergency room visits in 2023, two-thirds of which occurred around the Fourth of July holiday. To prevent injuries:


  • Leave it to the professionals: Attend public fireworks displays conducted by trained experts. If you insist on setting off consumer-use fireworks yourself, do it in an open field away from buildings, and keep a fire extinguisher handy. (Better yet, just watch the professional shows.)
  • Keep a safe distance: If you’re watching a fireworks show, stay at least 500 feet away from the launch site.
  • Sparklers for kids: Although most people think of sparklers as a child’s version of fireworks, remember that sparklers can burn at temperatures exceeding 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Monitor children closely and ensure they are handled safely–or better yet, let them use safer fireworks like party poppers or snaps.


Crowd Safety

Large gatherings are common during Independence Day events. To remain safe in crowded places:


  • Have a plan: Identify a meeting spot in case you get separated from your group.
  • Stay aware of exits: In case of an emergency, knowing the nearest exits can be crucial.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially if you’re spending the day outdoors.


Alcohol and Driving

Celebrations often include alcoholic beverages, which can impair judgment and coordination. To avoid accidents:


  • Designate a driver: Ensure someone in your group will stay sober and be responsible for driving.
  • Utilize rideshare services: Apps like Uber and Lyft offer convenient alternatives to driving.
  • Stay overnight: If you’re at a friend’s or family member’s house, consider staying the night to avoid driving under the influence.


Heat Safety

July can be exceptionally hot, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses. Take the following precautions:


  • Wear sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Seek shade: Take breaks in shaded areas to cool down.
  • Dress appropriately: Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to stay cool.
  • Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is a diuretic, and drinking in the heat can dehydrate you. If you are determined to indulge, alternate alcoholic beverages with water to stay hydrated.


While we can hope everyone enjoys a safe and festive Fourth of July, accidents can still happen. If you or a loved one is injured during the celebrations due to someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys are here to help. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.