Roman & Gaynor would like to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July!
If you have plans to enjoy the coming holiday weekend, our injury lawyers
would like to remind all local residents that the Fourth of July is one
of the more dangerous times of year. Whether you’ll be on vacation,
enjoying a backyard BBQ, or spending time with friends and family -
making safety a priority is crucial!
When it comes to Fourth of July, fireworks have become tradition. Although
it’s difficult to imagine Independence Day without fireworks, they
cause thousands of preventable injuries and ER visits during this time
of year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
While we encourage everyone to attend a fireworks show put on by professionals,
we know that many across Florida choose to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks
of their own. If you have plans to enjoy fireworks, we’ve put together
some tips to help you do so safely.
Where to light fireworks - Make sure fireworks are lit in a safe and open area outdoors - away
from places where they can possibly harm others, land on flammable substances,
or cause damages to vehicles or property. Also make sure what types of
fireworks - if any - are legal in your community.
Children - Fireworks festivities should always be carefully supervised - especially
if children are around. Monitor kids closely and never allow small children
to light or play with fireworks. After fireworks displays, children should
never pick up fireworks, as they may still be active.
Using fireworks safely - Light fireworks properly - being careful not to place any body part
over the firework - and move back safety immediately after lighting. Do
not attempt to pick up or light fireworks that have not ignited fully
or did not go off the first time. Never point fireworks at another person
Other Tips for a Safe Holiday Weekend
Drunk Driving - Fourth of July is notorious for being one of the most dangerous times
of year on U.S. roads, largely due to the spike in
drunk driving accidents, injuries, and deaths. Drink responsibly, designate a sober ride, or plan
for a ride if you have plans to celebrate with drinks!
Grilling safety - Grills and barbecues can be dangerous is not properly used. Make sure
to use your charcoal or gas grill outdoors away from structures and flammable
material. Always supervise the grill when in use and watch children closely.
Swimming pool safety - Cooling off in the pool is a popular way to celebrate the holiday. If
you’ll be near or around the water, make sure everyone - including
children - has a good command of swimming skills. Floatation aids can
help, but they are not a substitute for knowing how to swim. Additionally,
make sure to keep a close eye on kids around pools, watch out for shallow
diving, and know how to respond in case of an emergency.
Roman & Gaynor hopes you and your family has an enjoyable and SAFE Fourth of July weekend.
Our team is always available to help those who have been injured in preventable