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!