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:
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:
Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:
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 redcross.org.
Northeast PA Region Red Cross chapters and contact information:
Interim Executive Director
Office: (610) 375-4383, ext. 121
Cell: (570) 594-3217
Bradford-Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties
Cell: (570) 290-0797
Danville Area, Bloomsburg, Greater Berwick
Office: (570) 784-1395
Cell: (570) 594-3217
Michele J. Baehr
Poconos, Wayne Pike
Office: (570) 476-3800
Cell: (570) 242-7840
Lackawanna, Wyoming Valley, Hazleton
Office: (570) 823-7161, ext. 325
Cell: (570) 417-5608
Peter M. Brown
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 www.redcross.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.