fourth of july safety

The Travel-Grilling-Fireworks Danger Zones

Red Cross Issues Top 4th of July Safety Steps

SALT LAKE CITY UT. June 27th, 2016 — 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 everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

HIGHWAY SAFETY

Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. Here’s what the Red Cross says about traveling safely this weekend:

1. Pack a road safety kit with emergency supplies.
2. Insure your vehicle is properly maintained included tires and spare. (do “penny test” on tires)
3. Know your route to avoid higher traffic or construction zones. Leave early to beat the traffic.
4. Keep items of value in the trunk or out of site inside the vehicle.
5. If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. But for those who like lighting fuses themselves, here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:

1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
2. Keep a supply of water or fire extinguisher 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,” or a firework with half a fuse left.
5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Be aware of high risk wildfire fire dangers and comply with all bans issued.

GRILLING SAFETY

Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Most often, burns are the injury. But other unfortunate things happen as well. The National Fire Protection Association says about 9,000 home fires are caused by grilling each year. About 130 people per year sustain grill brush injuries every year, according to CNN.

Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

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

DOWNLOAD FREE FIRST AID APP The Red Cross has a free Red Cross First Aid App to put expert advice for everyday emergencies at their fingertips. The app is available for smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

 

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