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July 4th Safety Tips

The 4th of July is quickly approaching, and many Americans will take the holiday as an opportunity to cook out, relax, and enjoy the company of friends and family. However, July 4th festivities often include some risk of harm, so it is essential for all Americans to know a few safety tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Fireworks Safety

Most states have strict laws pertaining to fireworks. These laws cover which types of fireworks are legal to purchase, keep, and use, as well as how, when, and where it is legal to use fireworks. Be sure to check your local laws before purchasing any fireworks or using any. Fireworks law violations can entail severe penalties, up to and including fines and jail time in some areas.

A safer alternative would be to attend a professionally coordinated fireworks display. These events are safer than lighting fireworks in your driveway and generally fun for all ages.

Grill Safety

July 4th means cooking out for many Americans, and if you plan to do any grilling this July 4th weekend, you should prepare in advance to limit the risk of fires and other accidents.

These tips can help ensure you and your family and friends have a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday gathering with a minimal risk of grill fires and illness.

Sun Protection

If you plan to spend the day outside, be sure to wear appropriate attire and protect yourself from the sun. A sunscreen with a high SPF factor is ideal if you will be spending any amount of time outside. Wear light, breathable clothing to minimize your risk of heat stroke. Hydration is also important. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and during spending time outside, especially if you plan to consume any alcohol.

Alcohol Safety

Many Americans enjoy drinking during social gatherings. Whether you join friends for cocktails or have a few beers during a cookout, never drive under the influence of alcohol or allow a party guest to leave your home while intoxicated. Not only could he or she and/or others suffer serious injuries, but you may also absorb liability for providing alcohol and allowing the person to drive.

Alcohol can also be dangerous due to the heat. Alcohol dehydrates the body, increasing the risk of heat stroke during hot weather. Ultimately, every adult who is over the age of 21 has the right to consume alcohol, but they have a responsibility to do so safely.

These tips can help you and your family stay safe and happy this July 4th holiday. In the event you or a loved one suffers an injury in California due to a defective product or another party’s negligence this July 4th, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in San Jose about your potential legal options.