Red Cross Provides Tips to Keep Everyone Safe on July 4th
By Kari Hennagin
ABILENE (July 1, 2019) —The American Red Cross wants everyone to have a safe and fun July 4th holiday and offers several important safety reminders.
- Keep perishable foods in a cooler with plenty of ice or freezer gel packs.
- Don’t leave food out in the sun for prolonged periods.
- Wash your hands before and during food preparation.
- 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.
- Never grill indoors — not in a house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open and away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
- Use long-handled tools made for cooking on the grill.
- Never leave children or pets in your vehicle as the inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
- Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb the sun’s rays.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Postpone outdoor games, activities and strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat and take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
Children and adults should learn to swim so, at a minimum, they achieve the basic water competency skills including, being able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, find an exit, swim a distance and get out of the water safely.
- Prevent unsupervised access to water.
- A person who is drowning has a better chance of survival if these steps are followed:
- Rescue and remove the person from water without putting yourself in danger;
- Call 9-1-1;
- Begin rescue breathing and CPR; and
- Use an AED, if available, and transfer care to advanced life support.
- Go to www.redcross.org/watersafety for water safety courses, tips and resources.
Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to information on how to treat bleeding, burns, insect bites and stings, and more.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @RedCrossNTX.
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