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Fourth of July is Deadliest Holiday Weekend of the Year

30

June

2016

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CHICAGO (Salvi Law) – The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner, a time of year that brings out grills, coolers, lawn chairs, and red white and blue decor! As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, more and more drivers will hit the road to spend time with family and friends and enjoy fireworks displays. But experts say this joyous holiday is also the deadliest weekend of the year.

One staple of the holiday is fireworks. Although we enjoy staring up in wonder at these starry shows, we must remind ourselves of the dangers that surround these combustion hazards. Burns, fallout, and faulty work can cause serious injury and, in some extreme cases, death. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, 230 people on average go to the emergency room every day around the month of July due to fireworks-related injuries.

Experts urge firework-fanatics to follow some key safety tips to keep your activities safe throughout the holiday celebrations.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the product was made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Have an adult supervise fireworks activities, even sparklers.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of a mishap.
  • Never shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.

Danger is also lurking on the roads during the warm, summer months. Research finds that the majority of deaths on and around the Fourth of July are from car accidents. Every year, hundreds of Americans die as a result of alcohol-related crashes, and the Fourth of July has repeatedly been ranked as even deadlier than New Year’s Day. According to the Insurance Institute, 41% of deaths on the Fourth of July involved high blood alcohol concentrations.                                                                                                                      

The lawyers at Salvi, Schostok, & Pritchard P.C. know some crashes are unavoidable, but most crashes can be prevented. To help avoid serious accidents this Fourth of July weekend, the attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have put together a list of safety tips to use while traveling:

  • Buckle up
  • Reduce your speed
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Don’t text and drive
  • Avoid driving while fatigued
  • Keep children safe both in and around your vehicle (Children 12 years old and younger should always be in the back seat of your vehicle.)

The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have decades of experience with helping burn and crash victims throughout Illinois. If you find yourself the victim of a burn or crash, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.

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