Story last updated at 7/4/2012 - 1:42 pm
To avoid wildfires and any other holiday disasters, Red Cross of Alaska recommends the following safety tips:
Fireworks Safety - To help stay safe while enjoying fireworks, 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.
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.