In a check of data related to two hazards at least loosely related to July 4th celebrations, the home and personal security website ASecureLife.com has ranked the 50 states based on how safe or dangerous they are for Independence Day.
ASecureLife.com looked at what it called “two of the most prevalent dangers on the Fourth of July,” wildfires and impaired driving, to make its determination. Other data that may have been useful in a ranking like this include numbers of injuries or deaths from fireworks accidents, and there are tragic cases of that happening in Maine, but it wasn’t mentioned in the writeup and may not have dramatically changed the rankings.
Maine comes in as the 8th safest state for Independence Day, based on two-pronged criteria, just behind Ohio and just ahead of Rhode Island. The safest state of all is Delaware, while the most dangerous, owing mostly to its arid conditions and wildfire risks, is Oklahoma.
It’s true that general fire conditions and drunk driving statistics may be an imperfect way to determine states’ relative safety on one specific day of the year, but the site defends its methodology by noting that, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4th is on average the second deadliest day of the year for drivers. And states prone to wildfires are riskier places to be when everyone is blasting flames into the sky.
The full ASecureLife.com map can be found below:
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