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How to Avoid the Explosive Mix of Fireworks and Alcohol This Fourth of July

How to Avoid the Explosive Mix of Fireworks and Alcohol This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a huge celebration across the United States and with it comes big parties, family gatherings, and social events. As we celebrate our independence as a nation, it falls smack dab in the middle of summer when temperatures are high, kids are off school, and adults get a chance to lay back and enjoy the party. Picnics, barbecues, outings, and more are popular ways to celebrate the day. Alcohol, sparklers and fireworks may also be part of the experience, which can bring dangerous consequences if people are not careful.

Dangerous Stats

Statistics from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission details injuries and frequency of fatalities caused by fireworks each year. Nearly 60% of fireworks-related injuries occur around the July 4th holiday. While not all accidents with fireworks can be blamed on alcohol, it plays a role. Firecrackers cause the most injuries, followed by bottle rockets and sparklers. It becomes even more dangerous when sparklers and fireworks are mixed with alcohol, often with explosive results.

Alcohol and Fireworks Don’t Mix

Fireworks are dangerous, even when the people using them are not under the influence. Add in alcohol and the danger hits another level altogether. Many accidents caused by fireworks are related to improper use. Underage drinking among boys doubles around the holidays with much less underage drinking by girls. There are also college students celebrating, and families, where alcohol may be free flowing.

Have (Safe) Fun

If you are struggling to figure out how to be safe and have fun (and keep sober) this Fourth of July, here are some handy tips:

  • Get some friends to grill out and have a potluck or picnic
  • Bring some fun games like croquet, bags (cornhole), or soccer ball
  • Find some card and board games everyone can enjoy
  • Hit the nature parks to get some outdoors time and focus less on the expected way to have fun and just enjoy it your own way
  • Meet up with sober friends who are throwing parties that don’t involve alcohol where you can be yourself and company at the same time

Fireworks and sparklers can be a fun experience for everyone involved, so long as people understand the safety precautions involved. It is best to avoid alcohol around fireworks to make sure everyone stays safe. If you are worried about whether people you know in your family or group of friends are not sober and operating fireworks, it may be safer to stay away from the gathering or alert someone. The best way to be safe is to not do anything that puts you at risk of your sobriety or in harm’s way because of someone else’s negligent behavior. Plenty of fun can be had without doing overly risky things that may cause harm to others.

The consequences of your behavior, and others, can have a lasting impact for a long time to come, perhaps forever. Don’t risk your life or someone else’s. If you are struggling with sobriety and find yourself triggered around the summer holidays, call us. If you want to get sober before the summer holidays kick off, call us. If you are worried your drinking is out of control and need help, or you struggle with drug use, we are here to help you with whatever you need to heal and get better. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401