Independence Day Safety, Don’t be Part of the Statistics

In less than 24-hours many of us will be celebrating Independence day with friends and loved ones. Sadly, each year thousands of individuals suffer serious and life-threatening injuries during Fourth of July celebrations.

National Safety Council calculations indicate 164 people may be killed on the road during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday period, and an additional 18,600 may be seriously injured in crashes.

According to, neighborhood and backyard fireworks displays bring some of the most devastating injuries into the Emergency Department, with an average of 230 firework-related injuries per day. More than 50% percent of fireworks-related injuries are from burns exclusively or burns combined with the blast injuries.

Please take a few moments to brush up on the possibly life-saving safety tips:

  • If you are drinking, you shouldn’t operate a car, motorcycle, or bicycle. You should also be careful walking (an impaired pedestrian could easily stagger into oncoming traffic).
  • Stay hydrated! It’s easy to dehydrate during hot summer days. Make a point to continuously drink water throughout the day.
  • Watch for signs of heatstroke: red skin, changes in breathing, rapid or weak pulse.
  • Swim with a buddy, and never allow children to swim unsupervised
  • If you plan to grill ensure grease or fat buildup has been removed
  • Keep children and animals at least three feet from your grill
  • Never set off fireworks or use sparklers after consuming alcohol
  • Do not set off fireworks or use sparklers near buildings or structures.

We wish you a safe and joyous Independence day!

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP