The Fourth of July is one of, if not the most, patriotic days celebrated in the United States each year. Along with this patriotism, this day is primarily known for it’s extravagant use of fireworks while spending time with family and friends. With so many people all celebrating this historic day, accidents are bound to occur in many different situations.
The main activity the Fourth of July is known for is the use of fireworks. In Colorado specifically, the only fireworks that are legal for personal use are those that cannot explode or leave the ground. Although this law does prevent many accidents from occurring, the fireworks that remain legal for personal use are still powerful enough to cause serious damage to your property, the people around you, and even yourself. While there is a risk of injury, we do understand the enjoyment that comes from the use of fireworks, and for that reason, we have provided you with a set of firework safety guidelines to follow.
- Stay clear of trees, cars, or other objects that may be in the range of contact, and obviously the people around you. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.” For this reason, it is very important to be aware of your surroundings before lighting the firework.
- Only allow one person near the firework while lighting the fuse. Having multiple people crowding the soon-to-be ignited firework can cause a variety of accidents.
- As the igniter, have a clear plan of action after the firework has been sparked. Know the path you will be taking to get away from the firework after the fuse has been started.
- After these first three procedures have been followed, step back and enjoy the beauty the firework has created.
Another primary reason accidents occur over the Fourth of July weekend is the increase in traffic. Because so many people wish to spend this weekend with their families and friends, the highways have a much larger number of travelers, increasing the chance of accidents. To avoid accidents on the road, be sure to plan your trip well ahead of time and be prepared for a longer trip than usual by getting rest the night before the trip and remaining well fed.
Beware of Drunk Drivers
The final issue many people run into over the July 4th weekend is drinking and driving. Because this holiday is a celebration, many people partake in the consumption of alcohol. Statistics show that the highest number of people caught driving under the influence of alcohol are indeed caught over this weekend. Knowing that drinking will be involved in this celebration, it is wise for everyone to have a post-consumption action plan. If stuck in a situation where plans fall through and you are considering driving, there are always other options. Some of these other options include calling for a taxi, ordering an Uber or Lyft driver, requesting assistance from other sober friends, or if necessary, finding a police officer and asking him/her for assistance.
Happy Fourth of July!
The 4th of July is an amazing holiday in which friends and family are able to get together to celebrate the independence of the United States. By following these tips, you are much more likely to have a successful Fourth while avoiding accidents and injuries. If you are going to be consuming alcohol, we hope that you will drink responsibly. From all of us at the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, we wish you a happy Fourth of July!