Stay Safe While Celebrating this 4th of July
The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is one of the highlights of Summer in Louisville. It’s a time to get together with friends, neighbors, and family to celebrate the independence of our great nation. The festivities often include travel, fireworks, and alcohol…and unfortunately, this combination leads to accidents every year.
Here are a few 4th of July Safety Tips to keep you and your family safe.
Never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking alcohol – July 4th is the second deadliest day of the year due to alcohol-related car accidents…2nd only to New Year’s Eve. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that DUI-related deaths have risen dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic. Assign a designated driver or use a car service like Uber or Lyft.
Many people celebrate the Fourth of July by spending time near the water. Whether you go boating, swimming, or to a waterpark, stay safe and hydrated. Be sure to check out our recent post on Boating and Water Safety in KY.
Use caution if you are more of a Do-It-Yourselfer when it comes to fireworks. Even “Kids” fireworks like sparklers burn as hot as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Never let children light fireworks.
- Always have a bucket of water or a water hose close.
- Never aim fireworks at people, cars, or buildings.
- If you aren’t sure what fireworks are legal in your neighborhood, find out before you light them.
- Finally, remember that fireworks can disrupt your neighbors, especially those with PTSD or pets. Be considerate and leave the big fireworks to the professionals.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to a firework or Fourth of July activity and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Hessig & Pohl for a no-fee case consultation. We don’t get paid unless you get paid.