Independence Day is a time for celebration! But before you head out to enjoy the festivities, it's important to be aware of the potential hazards. Accidents can happen when you least expect them, so it's essential to take precautions. In this blog post, we will cover common dangers on the Fourth of July, such as firework accidents, swimming pool accidents, and motor vehicle accidents. Learn how to prevent a potential incident by taking safety precautions this Independence Day!
Fourth of July Safety Tips: How to Avoid Accidents This Independence Day
Fireworks are a staple of the Fourth of July, but they can also be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks were responsible for an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018. These fires caused an estimated $105 million in property damage. To avoid a firework-related accident, always follow the manufacturer's instructions and never try to make your own fireworks.
Swimming pools are another common hazard on the Fourth of July. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 22 people drown in swimming pools every day. To avoid a pool-related accident, never swim alone and always supervise children when they are in the pool.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are prevalent on the Fourth of July, simply because there are more drivers on the road traveling to parties and barbecues. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, From 2015 to 2019, nearly 1,339 drivers died in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the Fourth of July holiday period — 38% of the drivers who were killed were drunk. To avoid a motor vehicle accident, always buckle up and never drink and drive.
By following these safety tips, you can help prevent an accident this Fourth of July. It's always better to err on the side of caution; doing this can significantly reduce your chances of a severe accident and help keep yourself and your family safe. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
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