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(July 02, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Itís always shocking how quickly the summer flies by and this year is no exception. June is over, so itís time to think about the most enjoyable of summer holidays Ė the Fourth of July. For those overseas, the Fourth of July is Americaís Independence Celebration, and itís usually a pretty big deal.

Unfortunately, a huge amount of injuries occur on the Fourth. Many of these are avoidable if you pay attention to whatís happening around you and help others stay safe as well. You should have a great time this Independence Day, but you canít have a good time hurt, so be careful.

Skip the Firecrackers

Fireworks are great fun. Lie back on a blanket or sit in a lawn chair with a cold drink and watch massive fireworks displays overhead. These shows are done by professionals and are often completely stunning to watch. Firecrackers, on the other hand, are almost always handled poorly making them completely unsafe.

Firecrackers are the small rockets and sparklers used by kids primarily around the Fourth. Sparkers are considered the least dangerous and can really be fun if youíre careful. If you use sparklers youíll want to be sure youíre first allowed to use them within your city and that there isnít a drought. Sparklers might look innocent enough, but they are still fire and can start a real inferno if dropped in the wrong place.

When carrying a lit sparkler, be sure you are well away from any hair, clothing, or body. Hold the sparkler well away from you and keep them out of the hands of younger kids. Be sure a responsible (sober) adult is always present in case something goes wrong.

Firecrackers, such as bottle rockets, are irresistible to many, but almost every adult knows someone who was injured, sometimes seriously, by fireworks such as bottle rockets. Lighting firecrackers is akin to lighting a small bomb. The bomb explodes and the firework does its thing with color and light up in the sky. The only problem is that the explosion part of the firecracker can do more than blow up a stream of color and lights. It can actually blow off part of your hand or give you all kinds of other injuries.

Be very wary around firecrackers and keep your younger siblings away, too. You never know when a rocket might shoot a way other than it was intended to go and hit someone standing nearby Ė donít let that be you.

Find a Designated Driver

I would hope that you can trust your parents to be looking out for you and staying sober in order to drive you home at the end of the party. If youíre at a party and everyone is drinking, by no means should you get in the car until youíre convinced the driver is sober and safe Ė and that includes your parents.

The amount of drinking on the Fourth of July leads to an astonishing number of car accidents with accompanying injuries and even deaths. There are enough drunks on the road already, be sure youíre not riding with another one.

Water Safety

The Fourth is a hot day, so a lot of people cool off at the beach or at the pool. With so many people around, accidents are bound to happen, especially if nobody is paying attention or even encouraging unsafe water practices.

Check the depth of the pool before diving and if the pool is too crowded stay out. Too many people make the water unsafe for everyone. Sit on the edge and dangle your feet in the water to keep cool and play lifeguard to all the kids who donít seem to realize that dunking and throwing each other around a crowded pool is a really bad idea.

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Tiger, GA
Posted On: July 8, 2008
me and my family shoot bottle rockets roman candles black cats snakes all of that it real kool we burn ourselves but we dont mind pain hurts but only for a minute hahahaha
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Posted On: July 7, 2008
I saw the most amazing fireworks display at this ranch.... it was like, a thirty minute show! Anyways- Good article :]

Though, there isn't anything any funnier than seeing your brother freak out when he accidentily lights a firecracker a BIT early xD
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Toledo, OH
Posted On: July 3, 2008
I think I'll be the one that needs a designated driver, haha. =]
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Panama City, FL
Posted On: July 3, 2008
we have amazing ones in oklahoma(:

every year as the grand finale, they make the american flag. i'll get a pic if they put it this yearr
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United Kingdom
Posted On: July 3, 2008
You know, giving you this job was a BAD IDEA!!!!!!! My family was raided by a bull and killed!!!!!!! Advice about raiding for the next safety article!!!!!
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Bow Mar, CO
Posted On: July 3, 2008
sparkles aren't allowed in colorado.... but tomarrow (4th of july) we're going to get everyone to9 bign there water stuff and have a wtaer party xD then fireworks
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Posted On: July 3, 2008
So far, my Fourth of July plans consist of beating my all-time sleeping-in record from last year's Fourth of JulyĖĖuntil 6 p.m. But I might change my plans to write something Fourth of July-ish on TDP.


Kee-rap! I can't sleep in after 6! My third favorite Episode of Star Wars is on again at 6 tomorrow night. Well, I guess that means I'll HAVE to write some Fourth of July thing.

There you have it, my plans for this year's Fourth of July.

Wow, that barely related to this article at all. Oh well.

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Arvada, CO
Posted On: July 2, 2008
my grandparents used to live across a river from a country club that did a really cool show every year. We'd sit back and watch them either in the air, or reflected on the water. But it's also my sister's birthday, so it's doubly cool.

And bottle rockets are only legal in, like, two states. So don't bother.
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Posted On: July 2, 2008
Me and my family where attacked by fireworks before.

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