Preventing Common 4th of July Injuries

The 4th of July is the high point of the summer. In Northbrook, like everywhere across the country, it’s celebrated with fireworks, barbecues, and fun. However, sometimes holiday activities can lead to a significant risk of injuries. With proper planning and preventative steps, Northbrook residents and visitors can have a safe and enjoyable holiday. 

As a firm that has handled many personal injury cases, we have seen all types of injuries caused by July 4th accidents and mishaps. Here are some safety tips that we have compiled for you and your loved ones so you can hopefully have an uneventful holiday. 

Don’t Set off Your Own Fireworks

Fireworks are the central feature of July 4th celebrations but unsurprisingly pose substantial risks if not handled properly. Parents should teach their children about the risks of fireworks and stress the danger of handling them. 

The smartest and safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to the public displays put on by trained professionals. These types of events are held all over the Northbrook area. 

Beware of Grills and Undercooked Meats

Barbecues are another popular 4th of July activity, but they can lead to burns and foodborne illnesses. To avoid these hazards be sure to use care when grilling. Make sure your grill is on a stable surface away from structures and flammable materials. Keep children and pets at a safe distance, and never ever leave the grill unattended while in use. Prevent burns by using long-handled tools to avoid getting too close to the heat, and keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand nearby to deal with unexpected flare-ups.

To ensure food safety and prevent foodborne illnesses, cook meats to their recommended internal temperatures, avoid cross-contamination by using separate utensils for raw and cooked foods, and keep perishable items refrigerated until they are ready to be cooked or served.

Be Hypervigilant In and Near Water

Water and summer celebrations go hand in hand. Unfortunately, water-related injuries and drownings are always a risk when water is part of any activity. It is essential to supervise children closely and to never leave children unattended near water. Drowning can happen quickly and silently, so constant supervision is crucial.

All swimming should be done in designated areas that have lifeguards on duty. Northbrook’s public pools have designated swimming zones that are monitored for safety. Make sure everyone in your party understands basic water safety and that everyone knows how to swim. Use life jackets for those who aren’t strong in the water. 

Call a Northbrook Personal Injury Attorney with Questions about July 4th Injuries

Even if you take all of the necessary precautions to have a safe holiday, events beyond your control can result in accidents. If you or a loved one suffered a July 4th injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may have legal recourse against them. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of Stein & Shulman LLC to assess your options.