The fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. Here are some safety tips to stay safe while you’re having fun!
ROAD SAFETY Millions of people will be on the roads Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers these five bullets of advice to ensure everyone is safe while traveling this holiday:
· Do not drink and drive: Many people BBQ for the Fourth of July, which often times includes drinking. Be sure to designate a safe ride and avoid making bad decisions.
· Buckle seat belts and observe speed limits.
· Pay full attention to the road: Although you may choose not to drink and drive there is potential for other intoxicated drivers. Make sure to pay attention to the road and cars around you. Don’t use a cell phone or other distractions while you are driving.
· Use caution in work zones.
· Clean your vehicles lights and windows so that you are able to see, especially at night. Remember to turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
Grilling Safety Many people are injured every year while using charcoal or gas grills. Follow these several steps to ensure your safety while grilling up some yummy BBQ treats.
· Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
· Never grill indoors.
· Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat build up.
· Make sure everyone, including pets, stay away from the grill
· Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch on fire.
· Use long handled tools to keep the chef safe.
· Charcoal grill specific:
o Never add flammable liquids to start the fire.
o Let coals completely cool before disposing.
· Propane grill specific:
o Check the major connections points between gas tank hose and burners for potential leaks.
o If there is a leak that does not stop, call the fire department immediately.
Water Safety Many people engage in water activities over their Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross encourages everyone to make water safety a priority as they enjoy pools or any beaches, lakes and rivers.
· Ensure everyone knows how to swim and designate lifeguard supervises areas.
· Always swim with a buddy
· Wear life jackets.
· Pay close attention to swimmers in or near the water. Avoid distractions while supervising the water. Never leave children unattended near the water.
For more tips to keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July holiday you can download the American Red Cross First Aid app at http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/first-aid-app
Stay safe and have a great Fourth of July holiday weekend!