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Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

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Posted on June 30, 2016

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 your grill
  • 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) 471-4444.

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