July is right around the corner, that means it’s nearly time for fireworks and barbecue’s.  It can be real easy to get caught up in the festivities of the Fourth of July, but the Red Cross has some safety tips so you can have a safe and fun holiday.

The organization says the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals.  You should stay at least 500 feet away from the show, and to be sure to leave any areas where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

If you are enjoying the fireworks at home you should absolutely not give small children access, and don’t throw them towards people, animals, or vehicles.  Make sure whoever is lighting the fireworks to wear protective eye gear and light only one firework at a time.

Last and definitely not least keep your fireworks in a cool dry place and don’t attempt to relight “a dud”.

Also, hot cars can be dealdyso never leave children or pets in your vehicle; don't leave picnic food out in the hot sun; and alway wash your hands before preparing food.  Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated.

The Red Cross Emergency App can help keep you and your family safe from more than 35 different sever weather and emergency alerts.  The Red Cross First Aid App can give you immediate access on handling common first aid emergencies right in your hand.

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