SAN FRANCISCO,CA (Tuesday, July 2, 2013) — It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the beach. Whatever you have planned, the American Red Cross wants you to follow these tips to stay safe.
FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If you are near fireworks, follow these safety steps:
GRILLING SAFETY Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills, often in their backyards. Follow these steps to safely cook on the barbecue:
BEACH SAFETY If a visit to the shore includes swimming in the ocean, people should only swim at a lifeguarded beach, within the designated swimming area and obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Other safety tips include:
1. Keep alert for local weather conditions. Check for warning signs or flags.
2. Swim sober and always swim with a buddy.
3. Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
4. Protect the neck – don’t dive headfirst. Walk carefully into open waters.
5. Keep a close eye and constant attention on children and adults while at the beach.
RIP CURRENTS Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Any beach with breaking waves may have rip currents.
If someone is caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, they should turn and swim toward shore.
Stay 100 feet away from piers and jetties - permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
Additional water safety tips are available at redcross.org/watersafetytips
SUN PROTECTION Sun exposure can cause sunstroke and fatigue. Follow these tips to stay safe.
If it’s suspected someone is suffering from heat stroke:
SAFETY ADVICE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app and put expert advice for how to respond to everyday emergencies at your fingertips. The app is available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.