It’s the Fourth of July weekend, and that means people across the
country are gearing up to enjoy a weekend of summer fun while celebrating
our country’s Independence Day. But it’s important to not
let your guard down and become negligent while celebrating: injuries can
and do happen over this weekend in a variety of ways. So before you head
off for some fun, check out these safety tips and be sure to follow them
in order to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
The Fourth of July is right in the middle of summer, so it’s not
abnormal for the weather to be sunny and hot. This means hitting the swimming
pool is a favorite pastime for many people in order to beat the heat.
But before heading there, make sure you and your children know and
follow the pool rules. Never dive into the shallow end, never run around the pool deck, and make
sure all children are supervised at all times. Never leave kids alone
in a pool, even for just a moment, as that’s all it can take for
a dangerous accident to happen.
Summer weather is perfect for firing up the grill and enjoying some freshly
barbecued burgers, hot dogs, vegetables, and many other foods. However,
a barbecue could be dangerous if used negligently. Be sure to keep kids
away from the grill while it’s hot, and always shut it off whenever
it’s not in use. Keep everything flammable away from a grill, including
removing any plants or weeds within about five feet that may easily burn,
and go easy on the lighter fluid: the last thing you need is an out-of-control
fire burning in your back yard.
Lots of people choose to get away for the long weekend, whether it’s
to visit family, go camping, or even to take a trip to their favorite
vacation resort. If you plan on traveling, just know that the roads will
be busy over this weekend, so be prepared for some traffic. Be sure to
exercise your best safe driving practices: check your blind spots when
changing lanes, don’t follow other cars too closely, and give semi-trucks
plenty of room, particularly when passing them.
Alcohol and the Fourth of July weekend go hand-in-hand for many people,
and the combination of alcohol with any of these other activities can
lead to potentially serious accidents. Whenever you’re planning
on consuming alcohol, be sure you do so responsibly to avoid potentially
injuring yourself or anyone else, and never drink if you plan on doing
anything that requires care, including lighting fireworks.
NEVER get behind the wheel of a car when you have been drinking, particularly
over this holiday when the roads are busy.
We’ve discussed fireworks safety in more detail
in a previous blog, and these guidelines should be followed whenever you plan on enjoying
some pyrotechnics. If you plan on lighting your own, always make sure
to keep young children clear of them, never let kids touch a burning firework
(including sparklers), keep a water bucket or hose at the ready, and always
wear safety equipment when lighting fireworks, including gloves and safety glasses.
If you suffer an injury this holiday season, call
Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and getting you the compensation
you deserve after suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence.
We are compassionate in our counsel and relentless in our pursuit of justice,
and our extensive experience make us a valuable ally to have in your corner
when pursuing the best possible outcome to your case.
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today by dialing 866-675-4427 and schedule a free consultation to discuss
your case further!