Quick Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

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If you’re like millions of Americans, you’ll be enjoying a festive 4th of July holiday outdoors with a good ole’ family cookout or picnic while watching your town’s firework display.

The Red Cross New Jersey Region wants you enjoy the holiday while keeping safety a priority. Here are some quick and easy tips to follow:

FIREWORKS

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

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PICNIC SAFETY

  1. Don’t leave food out in the hot sun. Keep perishable foods in a cooler with plenty of ice or freezer gel packs.
  2. Wash your hands before preparing the food.
  3. If you are going to cook on a grill, always supervise the grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  4. Never grill indoors. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.fourth-of-july-grill-tip-final
  5. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.

If your holiday plans include swimming, make safety your priority and follow these water safety tips.

Heat conditions are still excessive and dangerous for some, so continue to practice good heat safety precautions.

RED CROSS APPS

The Red Cross Swim App promotes water safety education and helps parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim. The app has features specifically designed for children, including a variety of kid-friendly games, videos and quizzes. The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.

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