How to Stay Safe on July Fourth

July 3, 2014

Fourth of July Safety Tips: How to Avoid Common Injuries

It’s a day of celebration. It may be one of the days that you look forward to all year. You are ready to get outside and enjoy the Fourth of July on Lake Michigan with your friends, at a backyard barbeque with your family in Skokie, or at a block party near your Oak Brook home.

You should get out and celebrate this important American holiday that marks our nation’s independence. However, it is important that you do so in a way that won’t limit your personal independence by leaving you seriously injured.

Four Tips for Staying Safe on Independence Day

As you get ready to celebrate, please:

  • Supervise your children. Not only can swimming and fireworks be dangerous, but so too can the heat. Make sure that everyone stays well hydrated, stays away from spoiled food, and is supervised in the water and around fireworks.
  • Stay sober. Do not drive a car, boat, or other vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Grill safely. Hot grills can be dangerous. Make sure that precautions are taken to keep the person grilling and all those around him safe. It is also important to have a plan in place in case there is an explosion or a fire.
  • Be mindful of your pet and other dogs in the area. Fireworks, heat, and parties can be stressful for animals. Be aware that a dog may bite when it is anxious and avoid getting too close to a potentially dangerous animal.


These actions may prevent some serious Fourth of July accidents in the Chicago area, but it is important to remember that serious accidents are sometimes unavoidable.

What to Do If a Fourth of July Accident Leaves You Hurt

If you have been injured in an Independence Day accident on the road, at someone else’s house, at an amusement park or other public place, or because of a defective product, it is important to take the actions necessary to maintain your independence. More specifically, it is important to see a doctor and to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.

Please share this blog post on Facebook so that your loved ones can take the necessary steps to prevent a tragic Fourth of July accident this year and in years to come.


Category: Catastrophic Injury


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