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Follow These Safety Tips To Prevent Personal Injuries This Fourth of July

Summer is in full swing and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Many of us are planning outdoor picnics and other celebrations with friends, with fireworks to top off the festivities. In the midst of all the fun, it is important to practice some simple safety tips to prevent personal injuries from impacting you or those you love.

Fireworks Safety

The Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks displays, which appeal to young and old. Despite Aiken County ordinances that prohibit private displays, it is a common practice in many neighborhoods. Even if you are limiting yourself to sparklers, smoke bombs, and the occasional bottle rocket, follow these tips to protect yourself and your guests.

● Point all fireworks away from crowds, picnic pavilions, and other people’s homes;

● Be sure to have a water source nearby;

● Pick up spent sparklers and use extreme caution when approaching a ‘dud’ or unexploded firework;

● Keep children a safe distance from displays.

Do not attempt to shoot off fireworks if you have any amount of alcohol in your system and use caution when attending organized fireworks displays in our area as well. Follow any rules set down by organizers, stay within designated areas, and avoid bringing your own pyrotechnics, which can put other spectators at risk.

Safety In And On The Water

Fireworks are not the only hazard over the holiday weekend. Swimming and other water-related accidents are common as well. Precautions you can take to prevent personal injuries include:

● Making sure everyone in your party is able to swim;

● Avoid swimming in unfamiliar areas or places where there is not a lifeguard on duty;

● Never leave children unattended near the water;

● Never swim alone and make sure others know you are going in the water.

On the water, take precautions to prevent boating accidents. Boat captains should have the proper training and experience, follow all rules and regulations in regard to speeding and wakes, provide life jackets for passengers.

Reduce Fourth Of July Car Accident Risks

One of the biggest Fourth of July hazards concerns driving to and from activities. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the holiday is one of the most dangerous in terms of car accidents. To protect yourself, your passengers, and others on the road, follow these tips:

● As traffic will be heavy, allow plenty of time to reach your destination;

● Avoid speeding, tailgating, and other aggressive driving behaviors;

● Keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions such as phone calls, texting, and changing GPS settings;

● Come to a complete stop at red lights and obey other traffic signals;

● Find another way home if you plan on drinking.

Get Legal Help Today

Despite your precautions, personal injuries can still happen. When the reckless actions of others are at fault, the Surasky Law Firm helps you get the compensation you are entitled to in a claim. Contact our Aiken personal injury attorney to request a consultation today.


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