Enjoying your Fourth of July weekend safely

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Aside from the excitement of cookouts and fireworks displays, there are many preventable hazards in association with our nation’s Independence Day. The American Red Cross issued a series of safety instructions for those who may be present around fireworks and large bodies of water over the holiday weekend.

“Many people will enjoy trips to their local swimming pool or beach or watch firework shows over the 4th of July weekend, and there are steps they can take to have a safe holiday,” Lyn Hruska, Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region said in a press release. “They can also download our First Aid and Swim Apps to have important safety information at their fingertips.”

It is illegal in Champaign County to use consumer fireworks in unincorporated areas without a permit in accordance with Ordinance No. 808, which would have already had to have been previously filed for as there is a required 15-day advance period. The Red Cross, however, recommends the viewing of public displays from over 500 feet away as the safest way to enjoy.

In the event of firework use at home, children should be supervised while others follow the listed safety precautions on the packaging. The Red Cross additionally stated to keep a supply of water as a precaution, make sure the person lighting fireworks wears eye protection and never re-light fireworks or throw/point in the direction of others.

Access to the Red Cross mobile apps can be found here.