Safety Tips for Your 4th of July

Fireworks and backyard barbeques go hand-in-hand with Fourth of July. Millions look forward to the holiday’s festivities, and the American Red Cross wants to keep everyone is safe during the celebration.

Whether you’re driving to the beach or firing up the grill, follow these steps to enjoy your Fourth of July weekend safely.
Red Cross Fireworks Safety
Everyone looks forward to watching fireworks pop on the Fourth of July. Professional firework displays at a public venue are the best way to enjoy the celebration, but if you’re lighting fireworks at home, here are some tips for doing so safely.

  1. Never give fireworks to children, and follow the instructions carefully on the packaging.
  2. Make sure a water supply is nearby.
  3. Always wear eye protection if you’re the one setting off fireworks.
  4. Set off one firework at a time.
  5. Do not try to relight a “dud” firework.
  6. Do not point or throw fireworks at vehicles, animals, people or anything flammable.

Red Cross Grilling Safety
When you fire up the grill this Fourth of July, safe grilling practices can prevent burns and injuries. Hundreds of people get hurt from coal and charcoal grills each year, but following these grilling procedures will ensure your backyard barbeque goes without a hitch.

  1. Someone should always watch the grill while it’s in use. Never leave it unsupervised.
  2. Do not grill inside a tent, house, camper or enclosed area of any kind.
  3. All pets and young children should keep a safe distance from the grill.
  4. Make sure your grill is a safe distance from your house, deck, trees or anything that could catch fire.
  5. When preparing food, use long-handled tools made for grilling to prevent burns and injuries.

Red Cross Highway Safety
Thousands of people have a favorite getaway spot for celebrating Fourth of July weekend. If you’re driving to the shore, the mountains or somewhere in your favorite city, the American Red Cross offers these five tips to help you drive safely on the highway.

  1. Observe all speed limits and make sure passengers buckle their seatbelts.
  2. Never drink and drive under any circumstances.
  3. Your eyes should be on the road at all times. Never make calls or texts on a cell phone while you’re behind the wheel.
  4. Proceed with caution when driving through construction and work zones.
  5. Make sure the lights and windows on your vehicle are clean. That way, the driver can see the road clearly when it’s dark out.
  6. Make sure your headlights are on when you’re driving at night or through inclement weather.

Red Cross Apps
The American Red Cross apps for iOS and Android provide emergency prevention and preparedness tips for home fires, injuries and more. Each can be downloaded for free in the app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross Emergency App offers tips on home fire prevention and steps outlining what to do if one occurs. A Family Safe feature is also included with the app, and can help you stay in touch with loved ones during disasters both big and small.

Our Monster Guard: Prepare For Emergencies App is a great tool for educating children about home fire prevention and other emergencies. With the app’s fun, gaming environment, children learn how to avoid emergencies by earning points and incentives.

The American Red Cross First Aid App offers expert advice to treat broken bones, burns, cardiac and breathing emergencies.

What You Can Do
Visit redcross.org/homefires to find out how you can prevent, prepare and protect yourself from home fire. To become a volunteer or find the location of a smoke alarm installation event, contact the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region.

You can also visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Your donation to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare, respond to, and help people respond to emergencies big and small across the country. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters annually, including wildfires, home fires and more. To find out how past donations have helped American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit redcross.org.

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