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Put safety first this weekend

This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks.
“Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday,” said Todd James, executive director of the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties.
The Red Cross offers these safety tips:
Fireworks
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.
Highway
• Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
• Do not drink and drive.
• Pay full attention to the road — don’t use a cellphone 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.
Grilling
• 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.
The Red Cross has a free Red Cross First Aid app to put expert advice for everyday emergencies at their fingertips. The app is available for smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

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