At Gibbons Law Firm, we look forward to the upcoming holiday as a way to honor our fallen heroes. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices that have been made defending our freedoms. We also know that this holiday weekend is a time when many families gather together to celebrate, make memories and have fun. Unfortunately, the holiday weekend historically brings some safety hazards along with those festivities. So, this week's blog is dedicated to sharing three things to consider as you are enjoying this holiday weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you want some helpful hints on how to stay safe as you celebrate, just keep reading this blog.
Many people will be celebrating with fireworks over the holiday, so we want to remind you of a few safety tips to avoid any emergencies or injuries. Of course fireworks should only be used under close adult supervision. It is a good idea to wear protective eyewear, and never allow any part of your body to be over the fireworks while lighting. It’s important to place fireworks on a hard flat surface away from people, houses, cars, trees, etc. You also want to have water or a fire extinguisher ready just in case. Keep in mind that your safety and the safety of others around you is dependent on your diligence. We all know that drinking alcohol can affect your judgment, your reaction time, your coordination, and more. So whoever is in charge of shooting the fireworks should wait until afterwards before they indulge.
Swimming and Boating
It’s hard to resist the urge to get out on the water during the first major holiday weekend of the year. That means there may be a lot more boat traffic, as well as people who haven’t been boating for several months. Be sure to follow the rules on the water, keep a safe distance from other boaters and paddlers, and always wear your life jacket (and make sure everyone else does, too). Use the buddy system, and don’t go swimming alone. Don’t forget to check the radar before you head out. You don’t want to get stuck out in the middle of the lake during a lightning storm. Once again, understand the effects of alcohol on your body and your judgment, and don’t accept the responsibility of being the captain of the boat if you’ve been drinking.
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It only makes sense that there will be more people on the roads this weekend as well. There is the potential that a percentage of them will be drinking or distracted, excited to get to their destination, looking forward to the weekend, and thinking about anything but they’re driving. So look out for yourself, again keep a safe distance, avoid distractions, give yourself plenty of time so you don’t feel tempted to speed, and avoid drinking and driving. Not only do you want to be sober so you are not a hazard to someone else, you actually need to be more diligent this weekend because, unfortunately, statistics indicate that there likely will be more drivers under the influence driving on a holiday weekend like Memorial Day.
Gibbons Law Firm Cares
We have represented numerous people who have suffered serious personal injuries because of someone else’s negligence. Negligence doesn’t have to be intentional, but it is often preventable. So we wanted to share some of these safety hazards with you as you prepare for your holiday weekend. Obviously, there is a common theme when it comes to being responsible with alcohol consumption. Nobody wants to have a tragedy result from a desire to celebrate and have fun. But unfortunately it happens, and when it does, it can permanently change a person’s life for the worse. If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury at Lake of the Ozarks due to someone else’s negligence, Gibbons Law Firm wants you to know that your initial consultation is free. Our mid-Missouri personal injury attorneys can work with you, help you understand your rights and legal options you may have to seek compensation. Call our Lake Ozark law firm today. Be sure to use the link below to follow us on social media and stay up-to-date with the latest tips and information from our personal injury lawyers in central Missouri.