American Red Cross Offers Fourth of July Safety Tips

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"the Red Cross wants to make sure that people stay safe while they celebrate"

This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill, or enjoying fireworks with family and friends. The American Red Cross offers a series of tips to follow for everyone to safely enjoy their holiday activities.  

"The Fourth of July is a great summer holiday, and the Red Cross wants to make sure that people stay safe while they celebrate it," said Kimmy Tavarez, spokesperson for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region.  

HIGHWAY SAFETY - Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Pay full attention to the road - don't use a cell phone to call or text.
  • Buckle seat belts and observe speed limits.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Clean the vehicle's lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
  • FIREWORKS SAFETY – Fireworks displays are strictly regulated in New York -- under State law, it is illegal to display fireworks or pyrotechnics without a permit. This website provides more information about the regulations for pyrotechnics permits. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public show put on by professionals who have met the permit certification requirements.

    GRILLING SAFETY - Every year, people are injured using charcoal or gas grills. The Red Cross suggests five ways to stay safe while cooking treats on the backyard barbecue:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors - not in a house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area. 
  • Make sure everyone, including pets, keeps a safe distance from the grill.
  • Use long-handled tools made especially for grilling to keep the chef safe.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.  
  • In addition to the tips above, the American Red Cross has a free First Aid App that puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at your fingertips. Text "GETFIRST" to 90999 or search "Red Cross First Aid" in the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace to download the free app today.