Friday, June 25, 2010

Make this Fourth of July Fun and Safe! (Part 1)

The Fourth of July is one of our country’s most beloved holidays and for most people, it’s a great reason to bust out the grill, jump into a bathing suit, and watch things explode (not necessarily in that order!). However, the best way to keep a fun-filled holiday full of fun is keep in mind a few important safety tips, and to that end, the Red Cross is here to help!

Grilling Guidance
Barbecue grilling has always been a favorite American pastime. Whatever tasty treats you have in mind to cook up this Fourth of July, don’t forget to include safety as your key ingredient!

  • Use gas and charcoal barbecue grills outside only.

  • Position grills far from siding, deck railings, overhanging branches and house eaves.

  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.

  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills.

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Check back next week for even more tips on making this Fourth of July the most fun and safest one yet!

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