From Fireworks to Boating, Officials Offer Safety Tips for July 4th

Archives
14277402_G_1427740271

The fourth of July is right around the corner, which means fireworks, cookouts, boating and more.

But this joyous occasion can turn tragic if something goes wrong.

The weekend around the fourth of July is all about fun and colorful celebrations, but lots of injuries can also happen. 

Studies show the five most common injuries are car crashes, fires, boating accidents, pool and firework injuries. 

Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms advises people to always have a plan, especially concerning fireworks.

“Have a plan for extinguishing the remnants of the fireworks. Even when they’re handling sparklers and things like that, have a bucket standby to be able to put those sparklers into so the kids don’t get burned. Those wires stay very hot even after they go out,” said Chief Helms.

Officials say hand and feet burns are common injuries seen around the fourth because of inexperience or improper use, but accidents happen off land too.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Steven Miro says drinking and driving is notorious on the water this time of year.

“The fourth of July weekend is pretty popular for boating and alcohol. Last year, 77-percent of  the fatalities were alcohol related,” Miro said.

Intoxication can lead to slips, falling overboard, and much worse, so officials recommend to always wear a life jacket or have a designated driver.

“Make sure the person operating the fireworks or the boat are alcohol free, and you know, make good decisions and they’re not altered with the presence of alcohol,” said Miro.

Other tips to stay safe and avoid the emergency room include making sure your boat is properly maintained and ready for action, having a bucket nearby to fully extinguish used fireworks, following safety rules and always paying attention.

So whatever you have planned for the holiday, have fun and stay safe.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

video

More Video

Direct TV

Job and Career Fair

Click to Enter

Ohio Lottery

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter