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Travel to the Cookout and Watch the Fireworks Show


The Independence Day Holiday is just around the corner and many of us will make travel plans, enjoy fireworks, or fire up the grill for a backyard barbecue. The American Red Cross offers these special tips to help you and your loved ones have a safe weekend:

TRAVEL SAFETY: Taking a trip for the Fourth? Follow these steps to stay safe:

Get your disaster supplies kit from the Red Cross store.

  • Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired.
  • Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Observe speed limits.
  • Make frequent stops.
  • Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
  • If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who won’t drink.
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  • Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low.
  • If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
  • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
  • If you are travelling with your pet, our web site offers special things you should know to make your trip more enjoyable.

    FIREWORKS SAFETY Nothing says “Fourth of July” like fireworks. To stay safe while enjoying them, follow these Red Cross safety steps:

  • 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."
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
  • GRILLING SAFETY If a picnic and grilled goodies are part of your plans, you should follow these steps:

    NFPA® Grilling Safety Tips

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in your 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.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
  • The American Red Cross wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. To find out more about how to enjoy your holiday, visit