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Red Cross offering tips to stay safe for Fourth of July

Red Cross offering tips to stay safe for Fourth of July
Posted at 4:00 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 04:00:34-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The American Red Cross is offering some tips to help you and your family stay safe for the Fourth of July.

“If your community is reopening, it’s important to know which safety measures to take as you venture out in public,” said Alan H. Turner II, American Red Cross, Western New York Regional CEO. “Follow these coronavirus precautions.”

  • Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, especially if you are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (over age 65 or any age with underlying medical conditions).
  • Continue to wear cloth face coverings in public. Face coverings are most essential when social distancing is difficult.
  • Follow guidelines for your area when it comes to how large gatherings can be. Avoid crowds and mass gatherings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Planning to light fireworks? The Red Cross recommends you follow these guidelines.

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. 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.

Using the grill? Here's what you need to know.

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, stays away from the grill, including children and pets.
  • Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

Heading out on the water? Here's how you can stay safe.

  • Talk to your children, including older youth and teenagers, about water safety. A variety of resources are available at redcross.org/watersafety and redcross.org/watersafetyforkids.
  • If you choose to take your family to the water, make sure the area is designated for swimming and has lifeguards on duty. Once there, maintain social distancing, both in and out of the water, between you and people who don’t live with you.
  • Wear face coverings on land, especially when physical distancing is difficult. Do not wear them in the water as it may be difficult to breathe. Don’t share goggles, nose clips, snorkels or other personal items.
  • Designate a water watcher whose sole responsibility is to supervise people during any in-water activity until the next person takes over.
  • Kiddie or inflatable pools can be a great way to have fun. Drain the water from the pool and flip it over after swim time is over.