Philadelphia – Friday, August 29, 2014 — Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the beach, having cook outs or attending the Made in America Festival this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.
“We encourage everyone to take a few simple, safety steps when spending time on the road, at the beach, at cook outs or while attending this weekend’s festival,” said Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania, “Start by downloading our free First Aid and Swim apps.”
Volunteers from the American Red Cross are supporting the Made in America Festival this weekend. The Red Cross will augment first aid tents with health services volunteers and by providing bottled water.
People should also follow these safety tips to ensure a safe holiday weekend, whatever their activities:
Tips for Safe Travel
· Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.
· Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.
· Buckle up and obey traffic signs.
· Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.
· Don’t drink and drive.
· Check weather and beach conditions throughout the day.
· Always swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard and obey all warnings.
· Provide close and constant attention to children in or near the water.
· Stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
· Young children, inexperienced swimmers and boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Tips for Safe Grilling
· Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
· Keep children and pets away from the grill.
· Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.
· Use long-handled utensils.
· Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.
Tips for Safe Concert-Attending
· Check weather conditions throughout the day.
· Stay hydrated with water and sports drinks.
· Have a plan for where to meet in the event you and your party are separated.
The Red Cross has a series of mobile apps in case people run into severe weather or need expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. People can go to redcross.org/apps for information.