According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Fourth of July has repeated ranked as the deadliest holiday of the year!
Firework mishaps – 200 people on average go to the ER every day in the month around July 4th (June 17-July 17); About 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets.
Parade accidents – Injuries occur when people jump or fall off of floats and are run over or are rear-ended by other parade vehicles
Alcohol related accidents – Of the 491 vehicle deaths in 2010, 43% of them were alcohol related.
Drowning & boating accidents – Children under 5 and youth between 15-24 have the highest rate of drowning. Twenty-five drownings in 2011 involved children under the age of 15. Men are more than 4 times more likely to drown than women.
MSN News reported tragic accidents that marred Independence Day celebrations in 2013. http://news.msn.com/us/4th-of-july-accidents-celebrations-tempered-by-tragedy
These included an 8 year old boy who fell off a parade float and died, fireworks exploding on a deck leaving 9 people injured, including two toddlers, and more.
Don’t let these types of accidents and mishaps mar your Fourth of July celebrations!
Fireworks Safety Tips
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying our using them.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Vehicle Safety Tips
- Don’t drink and drive – make arrangements for a designated driver or call a taxi
- Wear seatbelts, even if you are a passenger
- Do not text or use cell phones when driving
- Follow the speed limit
Water & Boating Safety Tips
- Never leave a child unattended in a body of water
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
- Learn CPR
- Have appropriate equipment for your pool or spa, including lifesaving equipment such as life rings, floats, or a reaching pole
- Wear life jackets on boats
Don’t become a Fourth of July statistic!
Celebrate, enjoy family and friends, but most importantly, be safe!
Happy Independence Day from the Employees of Barr’s Insurance!
~Cheryl Pastor, Social Media Specialist