Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Whether at the beach or in one’s backyard, follow these steps to enjoy the holiday.

The Independence Day Holiday is just around the corner and many people will visit the beach, enjoy fireworks, or fire up the grill for a backyard barbecue.

“The American Red Cross wants everyone to have a happy — and safe — Fourth of July holiday, and taking a few simple steps to stay safe can help ensure that this will be an enjoyable holiday for all,” said Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive

WATER SAFETY If swimming is part of someone’s holiday plans, they should check the weather and swim only at a lifeguard-protected pool or beach within the designated swimming area and obey all safety rules. Avoid alcohol before and during any water activities and make sure to never swim alone.

Other tips to keep in mind:

  • Actively supervise children at all times – even if a lifeguard is present. Stay within arm’s reach of young children when they are in the water.
  • Have weak swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Don’t rely on water wings or inflatable toys.
  • Always enter shallow water feet first. Dive only in areas marked safe for diving. 

Additional water safety tips are located at redcross.org/watersafetytips.

WATCH THE SUN Everyone should limit the amount of direct sunlight they receive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15 throughout the day. Wear sunglasses that will absorb UV sunlight to protect one’s eyes. And remember to protect one’s feet by wearing some kind of beach shoes.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Wear loose-fitting clothing, lightweight and light colored. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. Take frequent work if you must work outdoors. Do no leave any people or pets in vehicles.

Be a great neighbor by checking on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat, especially the elderly.

FIREWORKS SAFETY Nothing says “Fourth of July” like fireworks. To help stay safe while enjoying them, follow these safety steps:

  • 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.”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks. 

GRILLING SAFETY If a picnic and grilled goodies are part of someone’s holiday plans, they should follow these steps:

  • Always watch the barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in a house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure children and pets stay 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.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills. 

In addition to these tips, all iPhone and Android smart phone owners should download the new, free American Red Cross First Aid app now so they will have information on how to treat everyday emergencies right in their hands. You can find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

American Red Cross Receives Donation from 4th of July for Volunteer Support!

Jeff Mirkes, executive director of Downtown Green Bay Inc. presenting check to Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director, American Red Cross

July 4th the American Red Cross had 90 volunteers give of their holiday to support the Festival Foods Fire over the Fox 4th of July event in downtown Green Bay. This was the 5th year the Red Cross has supported this event with staffing the two Festival Foods food tents located on the east and west side of the Main St. bridge. 

The American Red Cross received a $5,000 donation from the event for providing the staffing and leadership required to support these two tents.

THANK YOU to all the volunteers for your continued support of this event and to Festival Foods, Downtown Green Bay Inc. and Event Pro for your support of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross Benefits from Fire over the Fox Event

Fire over the Fox

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter volunteered at the Fire over the Fox, 4th of July Celebration sponsored by Festival Foods. Festival Foods provided us with a great opportunity to staff their two food tents at this celebration in Downtown Green Bay for a portion of the event proceeds. This is the Lakeland Chapters third year providing volunteers to staff the event and first year staffing two food tents on each side of the Main St. Bridge. Ninety hard working volunteers between the two tents came out to support the event and the American Red Cross. In compensation for our volunteer’s efforts a portion of the proceeds from the food tents will be donated to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

“I had a lot of fun and met some really nice people,” said Allyson Bickel, volunteer.

“I knew it was going to be a challenge to staff and logistically manage two tents across the bridge from each other,” said Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. “Our volunteers really stepped up and it showed in the success of the event.”

The proceeds raised from the event will go to support Red Cross programs and services in the community. Thank you again to all the volunteers for your time and energy!