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8 Tips for Independence Day Safety
Independence Day, while celebrating the nation’s birthday, has well known to be one of the deadliest holidays of the year. And surprisingly it not the fireworks that cause the bulk of the accidents.
More than 160 people may be killed on the road during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday period according to one National Safety Council estimate.
The 4th of July is unofficially considered to be the middle of summer. Schools are out and more young drivers will be on the roadways. According the National Safety Council, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of preventable deaths for teenagers. Parents should educate themselves and their young drivers to the risks.
Public firework shows are the recommended option, but if you choose to purchase legal fireworks for a private display, please make sure to follow all of the safety guidelines.
- Start with the instructions on the package before lighting them, and never let children light them.
- Keep a constant eye on children.
- A charged water hose or bucket of water should be kept nearby.,
- Never try to relight a “dud” firework.
- Light one firework at a time, moving away from it once lit.
- Wear safety gear, such as safety glasses and gloves.
- Persons 18 or older should oversee the use of fireworks.
- Use fireworks outdoors only and do not light fireworks near congested areas or areas with high traffic.
Remember, Wherever you’re celebrating, safety should always come first.