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Stay Safe With Tips for Travel, Grilling and Fireworks

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The Fourth of July weekend is fast approaching, and many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill, or enjoying fireworks. Follow these tips from the Red Cross to safely enjoy the holiday.

Millions of people will be on the highways. Do these five things to stay safe while traveling:
1. Buckle seat belts and observe speed limits.
2. Don't drink and drive.
3. Pay attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
4. Use caution in work zones.
5. 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. Setting fireworks off at home? Follow these tips:
1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
2. Keep water close by as a precaution.
3. Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
5. 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. Stay safe with these tips:
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.

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.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit or visit us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine.