Top 4th of July Safety Tips for Travel, Grilling, and Fireworks

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This Fourth of July, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill, or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend. Millions of people will be on the highways over the fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers 5 tips to stay safe while traveling

  1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limitsImage result for red cross cars
  2. Do not drink and drive
  3. Pay full attention to the road–Avoid cell phone usage
  4. Use caution in work zones
  5. Clean the vehicles lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night

The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are 5 safety tips for people setting of fireworks at home

  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud”
  5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammables Image result for red cross fireworks

 

Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. In order to remain safe while cooking up treats for the backyard barbecue always supervise a grill when in use, never grill indoors or any enclosed area, ensure that everyone, including pets stay away from the grill, keep the grill out in the open away from anything that could catch fire, and use long-handled tools made especially for grilling to keep the chef safe.

 

“Everyone looks forward to having fun over the fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday”

– Jennifer Franklin, Regional Communications Officer, Western North Carolina Region

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