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Make sure to take extra precautions this holiday weekend

The Fourth of July weekend is nearly upon us, and this year’s holiday will certainly be a unique one, as we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Taking precautions is always important to remember with any holiday involving fireworks, but there is even more to keep in mind this year, and the Red Cross has issued a few pointers ahead of the Fourth on its website:

≤ Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, especially if you are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (over age 65 or any age with underlying medical conditions).

≤ Continue to wear cloth face coverings in public. Face coverings are most essential when social distancing is difficult.

≤ Follow guidelines for your area when it comes to how large gatherings can be. Avoid crowds and mass gatherings.

≤ Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

≤ And of course, stay home if you are sick.

The website adds that before using fireworks, you should first check the regulations for your city, and:

≤ Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. 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.

This year, perhaps more than any other, it’s important to stay safe while celebrating the nation’s independence. For more safety tips, visit www.redcross.org and search for “20 Ways to Stay Safe During 4th of July.”

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