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Independence Day Safety: Please Take Precautions this 4th of July

The 4th of July: More than a celebration of patriotism, the holiday is a reason for all Americans to enjoy fireworks, fun, and the summer sun. Many people enjoy their Independence Day by sharing burgers, hot dogs, and cold drinks with their friends and family before gathering to watch the dazzling colors of a fireworks show. As much fun as the 4th of July is, statistics show that it is consistently one of the most dangerous days in the country.

Fireworks accidents contributed to approximately five deaths and 9,100 injuries in 2018.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) compiles a firework accident report each year. The 2018 report presented a rate of 2.8 emergency room fireworks injuries per 100,000 people, with burns accounting for 44% of the injuries.

Intoxicated driving during the weekend of the 4th of July caused 40% of all car accident deaths that occurred from 2007-2011.

During Independence Day weekend, people drink more, drive more, and — sadly— drink and drive more. According to Fortune, this deadly combination causes about 200 traffic fatalities over the 4th of July holiday each year.

Boating under the influence of alcohol is the leading cause of all fatal boat accidents.

For many people in the United States, the heat of Independence Day signals the perfect time to party on a boat. However, drunk boating is equally as dangerous as drunk driving during the 4th of July. A 2017 report on recreational boating statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety revealed intoxication as the most frequent cause of boating deaths.

This 4th of July, relax and enjoy yourself, but be mindful of celebrating safely. Follow all directions carefully when using fireworks, and appoint a designated driver (and boat captain!) for all trips.

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