In just a few short weeks we’ll all be preparing for celebrating the birth of our country. Many people will be traveling, firing up the grill, enjoying fireworks – or some combination of the three. While there’s surely tons of fun to be had, also prepare yourself for the unexpected by reading over these 3 Major Safety Tips from the American Red Cross.
(1) HIGHWAY SAFETY. Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. Follow these five steps to stay safe while traveling:
- Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
(2) FIREWORKS SAFETY. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:
- 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.”
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
(3) GRILLING SAFETY. Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Never grill indoors – not in the 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.
In the event that something unexpected does happen, you can always call us at (859) 485-6873, or send an email to [email protected] Here’s to a safe and fun July 4th for all of us!