The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
As summer arrives in the Mid-South, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill, or enjoying fireworks. Although we all look forward to having fun this summer, the Red Cross wants to make sure that we take simple steps towards making this time safe for all.
Millions of people will be on the highways over the summer. Here are six 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.
6. Keep and emergency kit in your car including items such as water, snacks, small first aid kit, flashlight, change of clothes, and other necessities. You can find a complete list at http://www.redcross.org.
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.
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, 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.
Don’t forget to download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App as well. This is a quick and easy way to stay informed about approaching severe weather and other emergencies.
We hope that you have fun and stay safe this summer!