We all love a good old fashioned American holiday – enjoying fireworks, BBQs, and a short work week! The last thing you may want to think about while celebrating our nation’s independence with friends and family are safety issues but being smart and prepared can prevent worst case scenarios throwing a wrench in your holiday weekend. Here are a few key things to keep in mind this 4th of July weekend to ensure a safe and happy celebration.
DUI Prevention: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a cold beer or festive libation at your 4th of July party. Just make sure you plan ahead and drink responsibly.
- Assign a designated driver before the festivities begin.
- If you plan to drink, take a cab or uber to and from the party. This way you are not tempted to drive home later.
- Have easy access to transportation by saving your preferred cab company to your phone or use a mobile app such as Uber or Lyft. Remember that no amount of surge pricing is more expensive than a DUI, and you can’t put a price on the cost of a life interrupted by a tragic, preventable accident.
Beach & Water Safety: Heading to a pool party or the beach? Pay close attention as accidents can happen in only a matter of minutes, even seconds.
- When possible keep pool toys away from the pool so inexperienced swimmers are not tempted to just jump in and play.
- Assign someone to keep a constant eye on your child when you are unable to do so.
- Apply (and reapply!) sunscreen throughout day.
- Swim sober and always swim with a buddy.
- Keep alert for weather conditions, and check to see if any warning flags are posted.
- Protect the neck, and DO NOT dive headfirst. Walk carefully into open waters.
Grill Safety: Love to grill? Even the most experienced grill masters can run into problems, especially when there are other distractions.
- Always supervise a grill when in use.
- Never grill indoors – meaning a house, tent, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Always use the long-handed tools specifically intended for grilling.
Firework Safety: Of course, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave it to the professionals and attend a local fireworks display. But if explosives are your thing, take every precaution necessary before you light the fire.
- Never allow children to ignite fireworks without adult supervision.
- Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
- Wear eye protection!
- Light only one firework at a time and NEVER attempt to relight a “dud”.
- Keep fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
- Never throw or point a firework towards people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
- Leave any area immediately where people are carelessly setting off fireworks.
Pet Safety: While we all love fireworks, they can be a very scary thing for pets (particularly dogs). For this reason, more dogs go missing during 4th of July than any other time of the year.
- Make sure your pet has a collar with up to date tags in case he or she does get out.
- Keep pets safely and securely leashed when outdoors and not confined. If you have a fenced yard, check for gaps where an escape may be possible.
- If you have people coming in and out of your house, keep your dog in a safe space where they can’t dart out the front door.
From all of us at Anton Castro Law, we wish you a very happy and safe 4th of July!