Many people will travel, fire up the backyard grill and enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July weekend, and the American Red Cross offers suggestions to safely enjoy the holiday.
Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross says those in vehicles should buckle seat belts and obey speed limits. Do not drink and drive. Pay full attention to the road, according to Red Cross, don’t use a cell phone to call or text. 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, Red Cross suggests.
According to the Red Cross, the best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. For those who choose to use firework at home, Red Cross suggests never give fireworks to small children, and 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, the Red Cross says. Never point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, or flammable materials, according to Red Cross.
Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills, the Red Cross says. They suggest grillers always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Never grill indoors or any enclosed area. The Red Cross advises to make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill. They say grillers should keep the grill out in the open, away from the house or anything that could catch fire. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe, according to Red Cross.