Independence Day is a holiday many Americans look forward to celebrating every year. There is an abundance of great traditions to take part in, and for the most part, it’s a day of fun, family, friendship, and freedom. 

Unfortunately, many of these traditions can also be highly dangerous. Here are some tips on staying safe this Independence Day so that you can get the most out of the holiday without taking unnecessary risks.

Firework Safety

Fireworks are one of the most beloved and exciting parts of any Independence Day celebration — but they’re also one of the most dangerous, especially if handled incorrectly. To stay safe when using fireworks, follow these tips:

  • Don’t let young children near them. They also shouldn’t be allowed to play with sparklers, which burn at very high temperatures. Supervise any older children that are playing around the fireworks.
  • Set them off in an outdoor area where they can’t hit any houses or flammable materials such as dry grass and leaves. Keep a bucket of water with you to douse any flames or get rid of malfunctioning or used fireworks safely.
  • Make sure other people aren’t in range of the lit fireworks, and don’t light them while any part of your body is directly above them.
  • Follow the basic rules of handling fireworks. Store them in a cool, dry place when they’re not in use, and never light them inside a container. Some fireworks may have special instructions about their usage and storage that you should follow. You should also check the local fireworks laws.

Water Safety

Spending time around water, such as by going boating with your friends or simply enjoying a day on the beach, is a very common Independence Day activity. To keep yourself and others safe, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Make sure your children understand water safety. Take your family to a location where lifeguards are present, and don’t go anywhere that’s too deep for them to swim, or get your own small pool where they can be safe.

If you’re using a boat, make sure you and everyone else know how to use it safely. Don’t take it out while intoxicated, make sure there are plenty of lifejackets preservers, and keep a first aid kit nearby.

Barbecue Safety

There are few things better than some tasty grilled snacks on a hot summer day, but staying safe while enjoying those snacks is one of them. Make sure you use your barbecue safely by:

  • Inspecting the grill before you use it. Do not use it if it’s cracked, leaking, or otherwise broken in some way. In the worst-case scenario, such damage can lead to an exploding grill. 
  • Keep kids away from the grills when they’re lit, and don’t leave the fire unsupervised. 
  • Keep the grill away from anything that may catch fire, such as a dry wooden deck, plants, siding, picnic tables, and more. Make sure to never use the grill indoors, either.
  • Follow proper lighting procedures, and make sure the grill is properly shut down when it’s not being used.

Travel Safety Tips

It’s not uncommon to travel long distances on this holiday, so to make sure you get there and back unharmed, make sure you do it safely. Follow basic driving safety tips, such as wearing your seatbelt, obeying the speed limit, and keeping your eyes on the road. NEVER drive while intoxicated. People like to drink on Independence Day, but safety always comes first, so have a designated driver or be responsible if you’re out with your family.

Your Personal Injury Lawyers

If something goes wrong while celebrating the holiday, it’s not always your fault. Whether it happened because of a malfunctioning piece of equipment or because of the negligence of another party, you deserve compensation if you’ve been injured. Contact Lamar Law Group for help today.