The 4th of July holiday is one the most anticipated of the year. This hallmark of summer is often celebrated with fireworks, fun days by the pool and beverage-filled parties. While the 4th harkens some of our most treasured memories, it unfortunately presents the potential for a great deal of danger. From a driving standpoint alone, it’s one of America’s deadliest holidays, claiming 161 deaths per day during the weekend, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Many of these deaths are alcohol-related.

The practice of shooting fireworks presents its own set of dangers as well. In 2013, more than 11,000 fireworks-related injuries were reported, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Hanging around the pool or taking a boat to the water are also great Independence Day activities, but unfortunately, can be dangerous as well.

Make the Fourth of July memorable for all the right reasons. These tips will keep you and your loved ones safe, regardless of what you do during the holiday weekend.

Fireworks and Grill Safety

  • Keep fireworks away from children: Fireworks should only be handled by adults or trained professionals. They should be handled by individuals who are mature enough to understand the potential danger that fireworks can cause.
  • Always light fireworks in an open area: Fireworks can be unpredictable and possess intense heat. Shooting fireworks in an open area reduces the risk of making contact with individuals or structures.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby: This is a part of being prepared in the event of an emergency.
  • Never shoot fireworks in the direction of another person: This irresponsible act often leads to serious injury. It’s important to remember that fireworks are meant for display, not for pranks.
  • Never shoot fireworks from a glass container: The heat and power generated from a bottle rocket, for example, can shatter glass.
  • Never leave a grill unattended: It’s an open flame. It’s wise to watch over it and make sure it doesn’t get out of control.

On the Road

  • If you are going to drink, get a designated driver, an Uber, a Lyft or a cab: In the moment, all these actions may seem like a pain, especially if you live a long way from the bars and restaurants. However, common sense and a solid hold on reality must be exhibited. At most, a cab may cost you $50-100. A DUI can cost you thousands of dollars and lead to the suspension of your license. An alcohol-related car accident can cost you your life and the lives of others.
  • Avoid late night driving: Most accidents take place between 6 pm and 6 am. The later you stay out on the 4th of July, the potential for encountering drunk drivers climbs. That’s why it is best to make sure that you’ve reached your final destination before it gets late.
  • Keep calm and expect lots of traffic: People love to travel during the Fourth, which means traffic will be heavy in most places, especially if you are heading to the beach. Nerves will be frayed. It’s best to keep traveling and put the petty squabbles of the road in perspective and don’t take anything personally. Enjoy your family. Know that you will get to your destination, eventually.

On the Water

  • Never leave children unattended when around the pool
  • Always keep a first aid kit nearby
  • Drinking and driving applies to boats as well.

Despite these tips, accidents happen every day. If you are injured due to the negligence of others talk to the personal injury attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. They will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact them today at 844-511-4800.