Boating. Road trips. Fireworks. Barbecuing. These are all traditional Fourth of July activities and part of American culture. But they can also be dangerous. Irresponsible use of fireworks can’t start a fire or cause an injury, especially among teens and children and cause millions in damage to homes and property. Impaired judgement from alcohol consumption can lead a normal adult into risky behavior, like drunk driving or boating.
Here are some sobering statistics about Fourth of July injuries via USA.gov:
- Fireworks injuries send about 200 people to the emergency room every day in the month surrounding July 4th.
- More than half of the injuries reported were burns.
- 35% of injured were under age 18.
- 68% of injured were male.
- 46% of injuries occurred to the hands and fingers.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety offers these common sense tips for celebrating a safe Fourth of July holiday:
- Restrict access to, and limit consumption of, alcoholic beverages. Especially underage teens.
- Stay buckled up while driving.
- Avoid distractions while operating a car, boat, or ATV. Don’t text and drive!
- Don’t ignore bad weather reports, especially lightning or thunder while out on a lake.
And don’t forget, if a relative or friend has had too much to drink at a holiday celebration, take the keys and offer a sober ride. It’s not worth avoiding a disagreement!
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