Last updated: August 28. 2014 3:21PM - 117 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns



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GREENSBORO — Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the beach and having cookouts this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.


The Red Cross encourages everyone to take a few simple safety steps when spending time on the road, at the beach and at cook outs. A good way to start is by downloading the free First Aid and Swim apps.


People should also follow these safety tips:


Tips for Safe Travel


• Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.


• Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.


• Buckle up and obey traffic signs.


• Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.


• Don’t drink and drive.


Tips for Safe Swimming


• Check weather and beach conditions throughout the day.


• Always swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard and obey all warnings.


• Provide close and constant attention to children in or near the water.


• Stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.


• Young children, inexperienced swimmers and boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.


Tips for Safe Grilling


• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


• Keep children and pets away from the grill.


• Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.


• Use long-handled utensils.


• Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.


The Red Cross has a series of mobile apps in case people run into severe weather or need expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. People can go to redcross.org/apps for information.


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