Fireworks, flag flying, parades and pool parties are all part of the tradition and fun associated with the Fourth of July. To avoid injuries, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) urges party-goers to be cautious when taking part in any festivities.
The following tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable weekend:
Each year there are about 20 deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning resulting from charcoal grills and about 400 injuries treated in emergency rooms. In addition, 500 fires occur when people use gas grills and about 20 people are injured.
In 1999, fireworks-related accidents killed 16 people and injured an estimated 8,500. Children, ages five to 14, account for 37 percent of fireworks injuries. There are 10 states that ban the use of all fireworks by consumers and 34 states including the District of Columbia allow some or all types of consumer fireworks. Attend a community fireworks display instead of having your own. But if you do use fireworks:
In 1998 (the most recent figures available), 4,406 people drowned, including 1,003 children younger than 15 years old. Drowning remains the second leading cause of death for children ages one through 14 years. The I.I.I. advises: