July 2nd, 2018|
We look forward to backyard barbecues, poolside fun, and dazzling fireworks each year on the 4th of July. It’s a great time to reflect on our freedoms and spend quality time with friends and family. However, this all-American holiday has a dark side if you don’t take the right precautions.
July 4th has been named the most dangerous U.S. holiday thanks to the combination of extra travel, alcohol, and fireworks. The National Safety Council (NSC) is forecasting 164 deaths and 18,600 injuries to occur in 2018.
At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are committed to helping victims who have suffered personal injuries and passionate about keeping our communities safe. Have fun, but stay safe this 4th of July with our quick safety tips.
Never allow young children to play with fireworks, and never attempt to relight a “dud” firework. It could explode unexpectedly and cause serious injury. Be sure to buy fireworks from a reputable dealer instead of making your own. Remind your family to keep sparklers pointed away from their eyes, as eye injuries are the most common injury associated with fireworks.
Do not attempt to drive, boat, grill, or handle fireworks while under the influence of alcohol. You put yourself and the lives of others at risk. When traveling, always wear your seatbelt and practice defensive driving. Holiday traffic can be frustrating and dangerous; always keep an eye out for aggressive or distracted drivers.
Water Sports Safety
Preventable drowning deaths peak in July, especially with children under the age of 5. Keep an eye on small children around swimming pools, boats, lakes, and the beach. Always wear a life jacket when boating, and keep a first aid kit handy. Lead by example and set water safety rules for your family before swimming.
Skin Cancer Safety
Apply a high SPF sunscreen before spending time outdoors, and remember to re-apply after swimming. Limit your direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the UV rays are strongest. Most skin cancers are a direct result of exposure to the UV rays in sunlight – however, medications such as Viagra or Cialis may lead to an increased risk of melanoma.
Don’t be afraid to celebrate your freedom and enjoy quality time with your friends and family this Independence Day. Just be sure to be prepared, use common sense, and know when it’s time to hand over your keys to a designated driver.
Any of these accidents can cause severe injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the experienced attorneys at Cory Watson to see if you qualify for compensation. Don’t wait to reach out – call (877) 562-0000 today or fill out our free online consultation form.