BUFFALO, N.Y. – Every year, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July in many different ways and each year, dozens of people injure themselves in equally diverse ways.
NFL pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul says he will celebrate Independence Day outside the country a year removed from an infamous fireworks accident that damaged his right hand. Alongside the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, JPP made a public service announcement about his fireworks experience – you can watch it here.
“In a split second it blew off my whole hand,” Pierre Paul said in the PSA. “All I could do was think about my son and was I going to make it. Now I’m truly blessed to be alive. Now when I look at fireworks, I think about safety.”
Like Pierre-Paul’s sudden realization, it often comes too late for many Americans.
In the weeks following the Fourth of July, more than 200 people are rushed to emergency rooms each day with fireworks-related injuries, the CPSC said.
Fireworks however, will not be the only danger this weekend. A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says it’s always important to put safety first over a long holiday weekend.
“There will be a lot of events this weekend with fireworks, barbecues and alcohol across Western New York and in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “That means, there’s a higher risk of drunk drivers getting behind the wheel and higher risk of car crashes due to the number of people on the roads.”
In 2104, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported nearly 400 people were killed in traffic crashes of the 4th of July period. Nearly half of those crashes involved at least one driver who was under the influence of alcohol.
In an effort to prevent unnecessary injuries this weekend, the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes issue the following eight tips:
- Never give fireworks to small children
- Always follow the instructions on fireworks packaging
- Never add flammable liquids or gasses to a grill that has already been lit
- Always keep a grill in the open, away from anything that could catch fire
- Never drink and drive. Please rely on a family member or a friend to drive if you plan on consuming alcohol
- Always wear a seat belt and make sure all passengers are wearing a seat belt
- Never hold onto fireworks once they are ignited
- Always use common sense. Supervise your children and pets to make sure they cannot be injured
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