The long-awaited Fourth of July weekend is here! Whatever you have planned
this weekend, we at Vanguard Attorneys hope that you have a fun and safe
time. Speaking of safety, we’ve put together this helpful list of
safety tips to help reduce the likelihood of you or your family and friends
being involved in an accident.
BBQ Grill Safety
What Fourth of July celebration would be complete without a barbecue? If
you plan on grilling this weekend, keep the following in mind:
- Never leave a lit grill unattended
- Never use your grill indoors or in any enclosed area
- Supervise pets and children to ensure they don’t come too near to
- Barbecue out in the open – stay away from trees, decks, awnings,
or anything that could catch fire
- Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals that have already been ignited
- Use long-handled tools to prevent your hands from getting too near the flame
Beach Safety Tips
If you plan on spending time at the beach, consider these safety tips:
- Always swim sober!
- Don’t enter the ocean alone – always swim with a buddy
- Keep alert of local weather conditions
- Watch out for marine life – leave water plants and animals alone,
as they can be dangerous
- Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear life vests when entering the water
- Never dive into the ocean headfirst, as this could cause injury to the neck
- If you become caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until
you come out of the current, and then swim to shore
Don’t Drink and Drive!
Hundreds of people suffer injury every year during Independence Day weekend
as a result of drunk driving. If you plan on drinking alcohol this weekend,
don’t get behind the wheel of a car, motorcycle, boat, or any other
type of motor vehicle. Instead, make plans to spend the night with friends
or family, or take advantage of buses, taxis, or ride sharing services.
It could save a life!
A Note on Fireworks
Although many people find a way to purchase fireworks around Independence
Day, most of them are illegal in the State of Florida with the exceptions
of sparklers and “glow worms” that do not explode. Please
refrain from purchasing or using fireworks, not just because they are
illegal, but because they can be highly unsafe. Many people are injured
each year when defective or improperly used fireworks explode, causing
burns and other serious bodily injuries. In fact, just last year an
Orlando man died after a firework explosion.
We hope you don’t have to call us, but in case you do, we’re
here to help. Have a great weekend!
To get in touch with a Tampa personal injury lawyer at Vanguard Attorneys,
please call (813) 737-7361.