Driving tips are simple: get rest before the trip, pay attention during, and be cautious in work zones.
“Texting is the cause of so many accidents. We just want to remind people that, especially over the 4th of July with so many people on the road, do not text please, especially when you’re driving,” says Dick Dinsdale, a spokesman with the Capital Area and Eastern Nebraska American Red Cross.
Red Cross spokesman Dick Dinsdale cautions to keep safety in mind while boating as well: don’t drink and boat, have life vests for everyone on the boat, and observe the rules of the waterway.
Be safe when setting off fireworks.
“Of course, never give fireworks to small children. Follow the instructions that are on the packaging of those fireworks,” Dinsdale says. “We recommended that you keep a supply of water close by or even a fire extinguisher, if possible.”
Here are the Red Cross safety tips:
HIGHWAY SAFETY Millions of people will be on the highways over the weekend through the Fourth of July. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:
1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
2. Do not drink and drive.
3. Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
4. Use caution in work zones.
5. 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.
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:
1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
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:
1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
Keep safe and have a happy 4th.
Mark Vail, KLIN, contributed to this article.
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