Red Cross shares safety tips about Fourth of July festivities

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Red Cross wants everyone to be safe this holiday weekend.

Everyone can get wrapped up into the festivities without thinking about safety.

Here are some safety tips about grilling and fireworks for the weekend:

Grilling Safety Tips

  • Always supervise the grill when in use and keep everyone away, including pets.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, trees or anything else that could catch fire.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Do not re-light used fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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