Iowa agencies encourage safety precautions over July 4th weekend

Planning to celebrate the 4th of July with drinks, fireworks and boat rides? State and local law enforcement agencies encourage Iowans to keep those activities separate and offer tips on how to stay safe during the holidays.

“This is going to be a busy holiday weekend. There are going to be a lot of people visiting family, visiting friends and having a good time on the 4th of July and celebrating this weekend,” said Sgt. Alex Dinkla of the Iowa State Patrol said. “We can’t stress enough that if people choose to go out, they make good decisions, they make reasonable decisions, and ultimately we want you to be safe while traveling to and from your destination.”

USA Today reported in 2020 that approximately 15,600 people in the US were hospitalized with fireworks-related injuries alone, the highest number in the last 15 years, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Of those injuries, 66% occurred between June 21, 2020 and July 21, 2020.

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