Cross offers 4th of July safety tips
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[July 02, 2014]
CENTRAL ILLINOIS — This Fourth of July
weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill
or enjoying fireworks and the American Red Cross offers a series of
steps to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.
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.
The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show
put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people
setting 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
- 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.
Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills.
Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any
- Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the
- 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.
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FREE SWIM AND FIRST AID APPS
Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross Swim
and First Aid Apps. Swim App users can learn water safety and
drowning prevention information for a variety of aquatic
environments. Children can have fun learning water safety tips
with the child-friendly videos and quizzes in the app. The First
Aid App puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s
fingertips. The apps are available for smart phones and tablets
and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play for Android
app stores. The Swim App is also available in the Amazon Kindle
More water safety information is available at redcross.org.
[Text received; ERIN MILLER; AMERICAN
RED CROSS CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGION]