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The Red Cross Wants You To Stay Safe

SANTA CRUZ, CA (July 3, 2012) – Stay safe this Fourth of July while you grill, enjoy the sun and watch fireworks.

Grill Safety:

  • Never grill indoors.
  • Always supervise a barbecue and make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill away from the house, deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. Hot grease or ashes could spill from the grill onto a wooden deck or into dry leaves or grass.
  • Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary.
  • Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch falling ashes or grease.
  • Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups.
  • Sun Safety:

  • Try to limit direct sunlight exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF throughout the day.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Fireworks Safety:

  • Never give fireworks to small children and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep water close by if using fireworks.
  • Wear eye protection if lighting fireworks.
  • 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 fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away when watching professional fireworks displays.
  • For more information about how to stay safe this Fourth of July, visit

    About American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter

    The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Cruz County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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