July 3, 2008

Fireworks and Water Safety Tips for the Fourth

By The Miami Herald

Jul. 3--With the Fourth of July upon us, many include fireworks, barbecues, pool parties and time at the beach as part of the celebrations.

Just remember safety precautions to ensure a trouble-free holiday.

The American Red Cross suggests the following preventive measures:

When handling fireworks, always wear eye protection and earplugs if you have sensitive ears.

Never have any part of your body over the firework. Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

In order to avoid harming yourself, do not carry fireworks in your pocket.

Make sure to have water nearby in case of a fire or an accident. Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and leaving them in your trash can.

Lastly, never light fireworks inside to avoid injuries and indoor fires.

If going to the beach, remember to pack water-proof sunscreen and plenty of water in order to avoid burning and dehydration.

Always keep basic lifesaving equipment by the pool and know how to use it. A first-aid kit, cordless phone, phone list with emergency contact information, a reaching pole and a ring buoy with a nylon line attached are recommended.

Have everyone in your family learn to swim.

No one, including adults, should ever swim alone. Adults should practice "reach supervision," which means to be within arm's length of a child in case an emergency occurs.

Respect the weather. Even though you may be eager to spend your weekend at the beach, pay attention to your local weather channel.

Be aware of the weather conditions and rip currents to avoid thunderstorms and even drownings.

It's also important to be trained in CPR and know what to do if there is an emergency.

For more information, go to www.miamiredcross.org.


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