Holiday and Fireworks Safety Tips

This Fourth of July holiday, the American Red Cross has tips to follow to stay safer when enjoying the fireworks, traveling the highways, taking a trip to the beach, or chilling and grilling at home.

HIGHWAY SAFETY

Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

  • Buckle seat belts and observe speed limits.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to text while behind the wheel.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.

 

FIREWORKS SAFETY

The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps if you choose to set fireworks off at home:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

 

GRILLING SAFETY

Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

 

SWIMMING SAFETY

Swimming is the number one summer activity. It is super important to make aquatic safety a priority and the Red Cross is here to help you do just that:

  • Swim in designated areas only supervised by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone! Always swim with a buddy, even at a public pool with a lifeguard.
  • Make sure young children or inexperienced swimmers wear approved life jackets, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Do not leave a young child near water unsupervised, not even for a minute.
  • Enroll the family in Red Cross water safety course so everyone can learn to swim appropriately for their age.

 

FIRST AID TRAINING and IMPORTANCE

Why should you train in First Aid/CPR? Because you could save a life one day. Here’s some of the basics of first aid training. Find out more by enrolling in a Red Cross First Aid/CPR class!

  • First Aid/CPR training can help you to react quickly in disaster situations or isolated emergency medical situations.
  • By providing this emergency response quickly and efficiently, you can give assistance to someone in desperate need, which assists the medical professionals when they arrive on the scene.
  • You could save your child’s life! First Aid/CPR training through the Red Cross helps you to be prepared for all situations. Not only can you receive training for Adult CPR, but Child CPR as well. As a parent, it’s important to be prepared.
  • The Red Cross offers multiple ways to gain knowledge on First Aid and CPR skills. In-person, online and blended learning options help make the training available to anyone and everyone with all different schedules.
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