CHICAGO, IL – Fourth of July is a time to spend with family and friends that’s jam-packed with activities. Family barbeques, fireworks, and time on the lake is underway this weekend. Still, make sure to celebrate with caution and taking steps to stay safe over the holiday weekend.
More than 45 million Americans are expected to travel this Fourth of July weekend. With many looking to travel to spend time with family and friends, you may want to head out earlier to account for busier roads.
For those who are grilling this weekend, a few important reminders from the National Fire Protection Association mentions:
- Keep equipment a safe distance from things that can burn
- Never leave equipment unattended
- Don’t let children near your grill
- Ensure that your gas grill is working properly
- Have a fire extinguisher handy
- If a fire breaks out, call the fire department immediately
If you’re planning on lighting off fireworks yourself, make sure to consider the risks of doing so. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated more than 15,600 people were seen for fireworks-related injuries in emergency rooms. Make sure to light fireworks away from people. You never know if the firework can backfire or go in an unexpected direction.
Swimming is a popular activity with kids on the Fourth of July. Children should always be supervised by adults when near the water. Consider adding barriers or a fence to prevent young children from wandering unsupervised into pools or water.
The Dinizulu Law Group hopes you and your family enjoy this Fourth of July weekend. Please remember to stay safe!