(KSL News) Car accidents, firework injuries-- all major fears on the Fourth of July. But your holiday celebration can be safe and accident free.
Today is expected to be a day filled with parades, barbecues, fireworks, and unfortunately, accidents.
In fact, experts say the Fourth of July is the deadliest day of the year for drivers.
But that danger isn't just restricted to the roads. With all of today's outdoor activities, doctors are warning parents to stay on high alert.
Dr. Travis Honeycutt/ Pediatrician: "It's a variety of injuries, most of which kids are admitted for motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian-related injuries, bicycle-related injuries, and water safety things, drownings and near drownings."
Pediatrician Travis Honeycutt says the biggest factor in child -involved injuries is a lack of parental supervision. He's urging all adults to keep a close eye on kids during holiday celebrations.
If you're headed to the pool, experts say to have an adult in charge that knows how to swim.
If you're staying at home for a day of relaxation, make sure your child stays indoors when it starts to get dark.
Dr. Travis Honeycutt/Pediatrician: "I think some of the worst pedestrian accidents we've seen are children crossing in front of their house at night to see a neighbor or a friend."
And doctors say when it comes to fireworks, it's better to leave it to the experts rather than try it out yourself.
Despite warnings, fireworks are to blame for thousands of accidents each year.
Last year, nearly 96-hundred people were treated in hospital emergency room for firework-related injuries.
A majority of those injuries were burns to the head, hands, and eyes with firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission about half of the victims were 14 or younger.
If you are planning to launch your own fireworks tonight, here are some tips from the Consumer Product Safety Comission to stay safe:
- Adult supervision is a must. Never let kids run around or play with fireworks.
- Always light fireworks outdoors.
- Never throw or hold fireworks with they are burning.
- Always keep a bucket of water nearby to douse used or defective fireworks and sparklers.