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Red Cross Offers Safety Tips For Fourth Of July

The American Red Cross wants everyone to enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July, which includes ensuring a strong blood supply for patients in hospitals across the country. There has been a concerning shortfall in blood donations in recent weeks, and the upcoming holiday could put a further strain on donations, as millions celebrate with family vacations and other seasonal activities. Donors of all blood types, especially those with type B negative or O negative blood, are needed to make an appointment to give now to ensure blood remains available for patients this summer.

To encourage blood donations, the Red Cross is offering the following to those who come to give in the coming weeks:

All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma through June 30 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of their choice. Those who come to give in June will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package. Details for both offers can be found at

All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma July 1-11 will receive an exclusive Red Cross dry bag, while supplies last. Details are available at

There will be a blood drive at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, June 12 in the lower conference room. Visit the website to make an appointment,; enter sponsor code fmdh.

By scheduling and keeping appointments right now, donors can help ensure patients relying on blood donations also get to enjoy their summer. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Have A Happy And Safe Fourth of July

However people plan to celebrate Independence Day, the Red Cross has several tips to make sure they can do so safely.

Fireworks safety:

Skip fireworks at home. Attend a public show or celebrate with glow sticks or noise makers instead.

Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.

Light only one firework at a time, and never attempt to relight “a dud.”

Grill safety:

Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.

Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.

Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.

Wash your hands before preparing the food.

Don’t leave food out in the hot sun. Keep perishable foods in a cooler with plenty of ice or freezer gel packs.

For additional tips, including water safety, beach safety and water park safety, visit


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