Safety tips for a weekend of driving, grilling, and shootin’ fireworks

Last updated: July 03. 2014 3:53PM - 427 Views

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Well, it’s Independence Day again, Macon County. Time to break out the hotdogs and fireworks and sit down for a spell to cool off. But as you go on your merry and patriotic way, don’t forget that July 4th is known not only for good food and good times—it’s known for being a day of accidents.


This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, so here, the Macon County Times offers you some safety tips, courtesy of the American Red Cross.


“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 Joel Sullivan, Regional CEO for the Tennessee Volunteer Region.


HIGHWAY SAFETY


Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:


Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.


Do not drink and drive.


Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone 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.


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:


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.


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:


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.

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