Fourth of July celebrations are right around the corner, with many including plans for fireworks, a backyard barbecue or a trip to beach over the extended weekend.
However, many of these popular holiday activities may include some safety hazards, so the American Red Cross is offering tips on how to safely enjoy Independence Day.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Officials advise staying at least 500 feet away from the show.
Those who do decide to set fireworks off at home should follow these safety steps:
Fireworks aren't the only hazard people may face; every year some people are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills.
Follow these steps to safely prepare the backyard barbecue:
For those whose visit to the shore includes swimming in the ocean, it is recommended to learn how to swim in the surf and only swim at a lifeguarded beach, within the designated swimming area.
Other safety tips include:
Rip currents are responsible for deaths on American beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Any beach with breaking waves may have rip currents. Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:
More water safety tips can be found at redcross.org/watersafetytips.
Another important thing to remember is how to be safe in the sun.
During hot weather, watch for signs of heat stroke—hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. If it's suspected someone is suffering from heat stroke:
For more information from the American Red Cross, go to RedCross.org.