03 Jul 2013

Red Cross Safety Tips for 4th of July Holiday

The 4th of July is a great time to spend with family and friends, but is also a very busy day at your local Emergency Room. Did you know that a sparkler can burn at over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit?!

Burns are the most common injury on the 4th of July and can put a halt to your holiday fun if you’re not prepared. Having the right medical supplies on hand can help you treat injuries fast, reducing healing time and aiding in recovery. Chinook Medical Gear offers a full line of emergency medical supplies and kits to treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses.

Many of you will be traveling, firing up the grill or around fireworks over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the American Red Cross has steps you can follow to safely enjoy your holiday.

Experts say the highways will be crowded over the upcoming holiday. If your plans include driving somewhere for the Fourth of July, buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired. Be well rested and alert and give your full attention to the road. Don’t use your cell phone.

Other tips include the following:

  • Use caution in work zones
  • Observe speed limits
  • Make frequent stops
  • Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road
  • If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who won’t drink
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights
  • Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low
  • If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

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. Many states outlaw most fireworks.

If you are putting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks

Every year people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills

Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergency at someone’s fingertips. The free app is available for direct download from the Appleor Google Play for Android app stores.

About the American Red Cross:
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.

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