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Red Cross Issues Top 4th of July Safety Tips

Northeast PA - This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

“Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday,” said Peter M. Brown, Regional CEO.


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

  • Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Pay full attention to the road – 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.

    The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:

  • 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."
  • 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. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in the 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.

    Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross Swim and First Aid Apps. Swim App users can learn water safety and drowning prevention information for a variety of aquatic environments. Children can have fun learning water safety tips with the child-friendly videos and quizzes in the app. The First Aid App puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. The apps are available for smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores. The Swim App is also available in the Amazon Kindle Store.

    More water safety information is available at

    Northeast PA Region Red Cross chapters and contact information:

    Rita Inklovich

    Interim Executive Director

    Berks, Schuylkill

    Office: (610) 375-4383, ext. 121

    Cell: (570) 594-3217

    Terese DeLaPlaine

    Executive Director

    Bradford-Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties

    Office: (570)-278-1427

    Cell: (570) 290-0797

    Rita Inklovich

    Executive Director

    Danville Area, Bloomsburg, Greater Berwick

    Office: (570) 784-1395

    Cell: (570) 594-3217

    Michele J. Baehr

    Executive Director

    Poconos, Wayne Pike

    Office: (570) 476-3800

    Cell: (570) 242-7840

    Sherry Nealon-Williams

    Executive Director

    Lackawanna, Wyoming Valley, Hazleton

    Office: (570) 823-7161, ext. 325

    Cell: (570) 417-5608

    Peter M. Brown

    Regional CEO

    Greater Lehigh Valley

    Office: (610) 865-4400, ext. 236

    Cell: (610) 533-0500

    About the American Red Cross:

    You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, Northeast Pennsylvania Region, 964 Marcon Blvd. Suite 220, Allentown, PA, 18109 or your local Red Cross chapters.

    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, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.