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Safety Tips For 4th of July

Fourth of July is approaching, and our community will be enjoying this wonderful summer holiday.  Unfortunately, the Fourth of July can also be dangerous.  The following are some areas of concern and some steps that you can take to keep you and your family safe.

Every July 4, emergency rooms are crowded with children and adults suffering from eye injuries and burns from fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission of the United States during the July 4 holiday, more than 53% of injuries are from fireworks and burns, most occurring to the hands, fingers, and eyes.

The CSPS recommends using the following safety tips when using fireworks:

  1. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  2. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting a fuse.
  3. Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  4. Never point fireworks at a person.
  5. Light fireworks one at a time then move back quickly.

The National Fire Prevention Association reports that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year.  These fires cause an average of 3 deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of 43 million in direct property damage.  Recently, U.S. Hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks-related injuries.  Children younger than 18 years of age accounted for 1/3 of the injuries.  Keep your families safe by being smart around fireworks.

Warm weather brings fun in the sun. One of the most popular summertime activities is enjoying a day at the pool with friends and family.  You can avoid injury if some simple steps are taken to keep everyone safe.  The United States Consumer Products Safety

Commission suggests the following to ensure family safety around pools:

  1. Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa.
  2. Teach children basic water safety tips and enroll them in swimming lessons.
  3. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  4. Don’t rely on fun toys such as water rings or noodles to keep your children safe.

It is also important that adults learn CPR in case of an emergency.

Each year hundreds of lives are lost, thousands are injured and millions of dollars in property damage occur because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways.  At this time of year, families like to enjoy boating on navigable waterways or in the ocean.  However, too often pleasure outings turn tragic.  Boat operators and passengers can make a difference by following reasonable safety rules.

The U.S. Coastguard and the National Safe Boat Council recommend that when taking out your boat:

  1. Make sure you are prepared and always remember to wear a life jacket when you are on the water.
  2. Knowing the nautical rules of the water is important for all boaters.
  3. Knowing what to do when meeting, crossing, or overtaking another boat can prevent costly damage or personal injury.
  4. It is dangerous to operate a boat when drinking.  Never operate any type of vessel when you are under the influence.

Finally, 70 percent of recreational boating accidents are caused by operator factors such as failure to pay attention, carelessness, recklessness, and inexperience.  Take a boat safety course before you operate a vessel.  It is a great way to learn safety and the rules of the road.

Following the rules above will allow you and your family to enjoy a safe holiday and avoid injury. Be careful out there!

This article is by Boca Raton Partner Jeffrey Gordon

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