Fourth of July Safety Tips

As Fourth of July celebrations kick off, many people will travel, fire up the grill or enjoy fireworks.

In a news release, the American Red Cross offered reminders on travel safety, firework safety and grilling safety.

DRIVING SAFETY

» Buckle seat belts.

» Observe speed limits.

» Don't drink and drive.

» Pay full attention to the road — don't use a cell phone to call or text.

» Clean off vehicle lights and windows.

» Turn on headlights at dusk or during inclement weather.

GRILLING SAFETY

People get injured every year using charcoal and gas grills, according to the release. The following tips could help folks cook safely:

» Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

» Never grill indoors — not in a house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

» Make sure people and pets stay away from the grill.

» Keep the grill out in the open away from the house, the deck, apartment balcony, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.

» Use a long-handled tool made for cooking on a grill.

FIREWORK SAFETY

The best way to stay safe is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals.