It’s that time of year. The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, which means families and friends across the country are preparing for barbecues, pool parties, fireworks and traveling. Despite the celebrations, however, it’s important to prioritize your safety first and foremost this holiday. The National Safety Council named this All-American holiday the most dangerous U.S. holiday due to the extra travel, alcohol, and fireworks. Check out these tips for celebrating safely this Fourth of July:

Travel safety:

  1. Keep your eyes on the road – Do NOT use cell phones while driving! You can put your phone on silent or in the glove box so you aren’t tempted to peer at it. If you must use your phone for something, safely pull over and put your car in park before doing so.
  1. Seatbelt safety – Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure everyone else in the car does the same. Always. If you have children, have them sit in the back of the car and use a child safety seat or booster seat if applicable.
  1. Beat the heat – We know how hot Oklahoma summers can be. As of right now, the temperature is predicted to rise to 93 degrees this Fourth of July. With that being said, never leave a child or pet alone in your car. They want to beat the heat as much as you do!
  1. DUIs are for DUmmIes – If you plan on consuming alcohol, make sure to designate a non-drinking driver to get you safely to your destination. Just think of it this way – it’s not only the safest option for everyone, but you’ll also get a personal chauffeur for the day!

Driving accidents aren’t the only hazardous concerns on this holiday. Fireworks cause injuries every year, so check out these tips to help you watch the dazzling show safely.

Fireworks safety:

  1. Shows by the pros – The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public show conducted by professionals. Plus, you’ll get more bang for your buck anyway!
  1. Legal lighters – IF fireworks are legal in your area, make sure to:
    • Never let young children handle the fireworks, and make sure older children use them under adult supervision.
    • Light them one at a time in a clear outdoor area far away from people, residences, and flammable items.
    • Do NOT aim them at other people and do NOT place any part of your body over a firework.
    • It’s never a bad idea to prepare for the worst by keeping a bucket of water nearby in case a fire breaks out.
    • Never try to re-light or mess with malfunctioning fireworks.

We hope these tips will help you in preparing for a safe, exciting Fourth of July! Remember, if you or anyone you know is in an accident in the Oklahoma City area, visit TBC Accident Care immediately. Our physicians will take care of you and treat any injuries you might have. Immediate appointments are available.