Independence Day weekend is upon us. Whether you have travelling plans, intend to watch fireworks somewhere, or have no plans at all, it is a good idea to be aware of the dangers posed by this particular holiday. The Fourth of July sees an increase in accidental injuries and deaths when compared to other days. If you want to enjoy the Fourth without incident, you need to keep your eyes open for potential hazards.
One danger that is less common in New Jersey than in many places is the danger of fireworks injuries. It is illegal to buy or sell fireworks here. That does not mean we are free from injuries, just that they are less common. If you are travelling out of state, you should be aware of the potential that someone will be shooting off fireworks. Kids are particularly prone to these injuries. In fact, 12 year-olds are the most likely age group to be injured by fireworks. Fireworks pose a danger to adults. In the hands of children, they are an accident waiting to happen.