On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day by barbequing, hosting pool parties, taking trips to the beach or lake, and setting off fireworks. However, there are several dangers that can not only lead to injury, but also in an arrest. Rosenberg & Rosenberg wants you and your family to enjoy a fun and safe holiday and offers several tips to follow.
The following are the common dangers associated with the Fourth of July:
- Drunk drivers – Many celebrations will include alcohol consumption, which has unfortunately led to many drunk driving accidents every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), the Fourth of July is the most dangerous day to be on the road—mainly due to alcohol. The police will set up checkpoints and patrol the streets in full force throughout the holiday—and even the weekend—to arrest drunk drivers and deter such behavior. If you plan on drinking this holiday and you’re away from home, either ask a friend to be your designated driver or request a ride home using the Uber or Lyft app. Also, consider sleeping over and staying at a hotel to avoid getting on the road.
- Fireworks – Fireworks are part of the holiday tradition. However, not only can using fireworks—especially legal fireworks—result in serious and catastrophic injury, but also fires. Remember, any firework that flies, explodes, or erupts in flames are illegal. Never allow children to handle fireworks on their own. Have a portable fire extinguisher, hose with running water, or a bucket of water nearby in the event of a fire. To avoid injury or property damage, watch a public firework show sponsored by local organizations.
- Water activities – In order to beat the heat, many Floridians and visitors flock to the beaches, lakes, and even swimming pools. From boating to swimming, there are many fun activities. However, these fun water activities are associated with dangerous risks. If you plan on boating, review the proper safety techniques and avoid boating under the influence. Always keep an eye out on your children whenever they’re near the pool.
- Grilling – While the grill can provide delicious food for family and guests, it can also be hazardous. Keep children away from grills. Check gas grill for any leaks, holes, and cracks to avoid fires and explosions.
If you have been injured in an accident in Fort Lauderdale, contact our legal team today at (888) 499-6206 and schedule a free consultation.