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3 common accidents during the 4th of July

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Curious fact: Every 4th of July, Americans spend approximately $111 million in coal and popsicles only.

Every 4th of July we celebrate our Independence Day, a very important date for our country, in which we celebrate not only the place we live in, it also our rights and responsibilities as American citizens. This holiday comes with celebrations where families get together and where we can witness fireworks all around the country. This celebration is full of joy, however, on this date we also see an increase in accidents such as fires, burns, and car accidents, where people may even lose their lives. That is why it is extremely important to learn about ways to prevent such accidents.

Fires when cooking

Did you know that in 2015 the U.S. Fire Department estimated $77 million in damages between July 4 and 5? People usually celebrate with recreational cookouts, where a delicious meal is prepared to enjoy the day. Despite being a good idea to celebrate, many of the accidents that occur during the 4th of July happen during cookouts. In fact, cooking fires are the accidents with the highest number of insurance claims. Many times, these accidents are caused by leaving grillers unattended, which allows flames to expand and start a fire.

To avoid being part of this statistic, we recommend that you follow the following prevention measures:

  • Never leave fires unattended.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher close.
  • Keep the grill at the lowest power for cooking.
  • Inspect and clean the griller before use.

Remember to close the gas tank or turn off the electric grill when the food is ready.

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Fireworks and injuries

As we know, fireworks are a very important part of our Independence Day. These are very eye-catching and fill the sky with colors and spectacular views. However, this is another of the most common sources of accidents during this holiday. Unfortunately, the people most affected by fireworks are children, as they often play with fireworks without adult care or supervision, and because they do not know how to handle them, they can have extremely serious consequences.

A single spark of fireworks can reach a temperature of up to 3632ºF, enough to cause a third-degree burn. Each year, between 8,000 and 9,000 Americans require medical attention in the emergency room for injuries due to fireworks.

Also, in some cities in California, such as Sacramento and Los Angeles, preventive measures have been implemented to reduce the use of fireworks, as authorities have imposed fines on those who use illegal fireworks, which are a major source of accidents and fires. These fines have increased their cost over the years to up to $1,000.

To help prevent these misfortunes here are some recommendations to take care of your health and that of your children:

  • Make sure you buy the fireworks with a well-known distributor and always follow the instructions on the box.
  • Always see the fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
  • If you suffer an eye injury, do not rub, rinse, or apply pressure to your eyes, and get medical attention right away.
  • Determine an area for fireworks and keep a water supply nearby.
  • Never light, hold or throw fireworks. It’s better to light them on the ground and step aside.

Car accident

During this holiday period, it is very common for families to get together, and many times people must travel to reunite with their loved ones, which causes a significant increase in traffic in and out of the cities. This also results in car accidents caused by speeding, distractions, or due to texting and driving. Also, since this is a holiday, it is common for alcohol to be consumed during the celebrations, so drunk drivers may also cause many accidents.

As a driver, you should always keep in mind that, when driving, you’re not only responsible for your health and safety, but you are also responsible for that of other drivers, because in the event of an accident you will inevitably be affecting third parties. Therefore, you should always be focused on the road, and you should always avoid driving without your seatbelt, tired, or drunk. It is important that we take responsibility in this matter, to ensure that this holiday is an exciting and joyful date for all.

It is essential to find ways to prevent these accidents, so that you can enjoy this holiday with your family. Here are some tips to prevent this from happening:

  • Reduce speed, this will help you have enough time to react and avoid an accident if you face any unforeseen situation on the road
  • Pay attention to the road
  • Don’t use your cell phone while driving, it is important that you avoid using it to focus on the road and on your safety.
  • If you drink alcohol, choose a designated driver
  • Wear your seatbelt. Despite being a basic measure, many people prefer not to use due to comfort.
  • Do not drive if you’re tired, which may cause you to fall asleep on the road and cause an accident that affects you and others.

To prevent this type of accident, some highway patrols such as the State of California (CHP) have implemented different operations to stop drunk drivers to prevent accidents that could result in death. Also, penalties of up to $10,000 have been imposed.


Real story

Angel Vega is a 17-year-old from California. On July 4, he was celebrating Independence Day with his family, having a great time using legal fireworks. However, Angel’s family claims that these fireworks short fuses, so immediately after setting them off, one of the fireworks exploded in Angel’s right hand.

Angel had to be treated urgently at a hospital in Delano, California, where, unfortunately, his hand had to be amputated; his left hand was also affected. Situations like these should be avoided at all costs, since the 4th of July should be a day to celebrate, enjoy and be with our families, without any worries.


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We all like to celebrate our Independence Day and have a good time with our friends, family, and loved ones; however, this is also a date when we expose ourselves to many dangers that could result in very serious consequences, including death. This is why it is very important that we take preventive measures and promote a culture of responsibility, especially with children.

Fortunately, there are many actions we can take that will help us prevent accidents, so listen to our recommendations and enjoy this 4th of July to the fullest. Tell us in the comments, how are you celebrating this holiday this year?

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