Fourth of July is nearly here and Shook & Stone would like to wish
everyone a fun and safe Independence Day! We know that many people choose
to celebrate the birth of our nation by going on vacation, enjoying the
long weekend in Las Vegas, or spending some time with friends and families
at local get-togethers. Whatever your plans are, our attorneys want to
remind you about the importance of staying safe.
While the Fourth of July weekend is a time for having fun, it can also
be filled with potential dangers. In fact, this time of year is statistically
one of the most dangerous holiday weekends across the nation. Take a look
at these statistics.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that
the Fourth of July holiday period is one of the deadliest times of year
on American roadways, largely as a result of a substantial spike in drunk
- According to data from the NHTSA, 750 people were killed in Fourth of July
holiday crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more (the legal
limit) between 2009 and 2013.
- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that thousands
of people - most often small children and younger teens - are injured
using consumer fireworks each year. Age groups with the highest risks
are children age 0-4 and teens age 10-14.
- More fires in the United States are reported on a typical July 4th than
any other day, according to the NFPA. Fireworks account for roughly two
out of five of those fires.
To help you and your family stay safe when enjoying the holiday weekend,
our attorneys at
Shook & Stone have put together some helpful safety tips. As always, we are available
to speak with victims after they’ve suffered harm as a result of
Drunk Driving - If you plan on drinking, do so responsibly or arrange for a ride before
you go out drinking. Help keep our roadways safe -
drunk driving is entirely preventable and entirely negligent.
Fireworks - It’s best to watch fireworks displays conducted by professionals.
If you intend to use consumer fireworks, exercise due caution. Light them
in open areas away from people and property. Don’t pick up duds
or give fireworks to small children. Keep water or fire extinguishers nearby.
Water Safety - Jumping in the water or a
swimming pool is always popular on Fourth of July. Make sure everyone who’ll be
enjoying the pool knows how to swim. Also be sure to supervise children
closely, make sure pools are properly fenced off, and know how to react
in an emergency.
BBQ Safely - Grilling can be a hazard when not done safely. Be cautious and always
supervise the grill whenever it’s on - and make sure charcoal and
gas grills are only set up outdoors away from structures or flammable
items. Children should be watched closely when near grills.