Are you planning water fun, camping, a barbecue? Then these tips are for you.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (June 17, 2022) – How do you plan to enjoy this summer? Whether your plans involve fun in the water, camping, or grilling your favorites, the American Red Cross in Connecticut has some resources you can use to help you have a safe summer. And don’t forget your furry friends – there are even some safety tips to follow to keep your pets safe as the weather warms up.
“Summer is a great time of year to get outside and have fun with your friends and loved ones,” said Mario Bruno, CEO of the American Red Cross Connecticut and the Rhode Island Region. “But there are dangers if you don’t swim, camp or have a proper BBQ. Here at the Red Cross we want you to have a safe summer and are offering these steps for you to follow.”
Every day in the United States, an average of 11 people die from accidental drowning — and one in five of those are children under the age of 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Red Cross wants everyone to know important safety knowledge and skills that can save your life in and around the water. We encourage families to build confidence in the water by learning to be safe, make good decisions, learn to swim and how to deal with emergencies.
- Preventing unsupervised access to water, providing constant, active adult supervision, and knowing how to swim are critical layers of protection in preventing drowning.
- Swimming courses are offered for both children and adults. Use the map to find swimming learning providers in your community. Everyone should also learn first aid and CPR so they know what to do in an emergency.
- Download the ZAC Foundation-sponsored Red Cross Swim app for safety tips, kid-friendly videos and activities, and take the free online Water Safety for Parents and Carers course in English or Spanish.
- It is best to swim in a guarded area. Always designate a “water watcher” whose sole responsibility is to keep a close eye and constant attention on everyone in and around the water until the next water watcher takes over.
- The drowning behavior is typically quick and silent. Without rescue, a drowning person survives only 20 to 60 seconds before going under. Grab or throw, don’t walk! In an emergency, reach for or throw an object to the person in need. Don’t go in! You could become a victim yourself.
SAFETY AT THE CAMPSITE
When planning a camping trip, it’s important to understand the ability levels of the people in your group and the environment around you. Plan accordingly.
- Pack a first aid kit to deal with bug bites, sprains, cuts and bruises, and other injuries that might happen to someone in your group. Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR course and download the first aid app so you know what to do if help is delayed. You’ll learn how to treat serious wounds, broken bones, bites and stings, and more.
- Sprains and falls are among the most common accidents that travelers can face. Falls are the biggest threat, many of them due to poor decision making, lack of skill or insufficient preparation. Dehydration is also a danger. Plan ahead for these dangers.
- Share your travel plans and locations with a family member, neighbor or friend.
- Bring nutritious food and water, light clothing to cover up, and pet supplies.
More than three-fourths of American adults have grilled at least once, yet grilling ignites an average of more than 10,000 home fires each year. To avoid this, the Red Cross gives these grill safety tips:
SAFETY FOR PET
The heat of summer can be dangerous for your pets. Follow these steps to ensure your pet stays safe this summer.
- Don’t leave your pet in a hot vehicle for even a few minutes. The interior temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees, even with the windows open.
- Animals can suffer from heat stroke, a common problem for pets in warmer weather. Dogs with short noses or muzzles, like the boxer or bulldog, are particularly prone to heat stroke, along with overweight pets, those with extremely thick fur, or pets with upper respiratory problems such as laryngeal paralysis or a collapsing windpipe.
- Some of the signs of heat stroke in your pet are excessive panting and an inability to calm down even when lying down, brick red gum color, rapid pulse and inability to get up.
- If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, take their temperature rectally. If the temperature is above 105 degrees, cool the animal. The easiest way to do this is with the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees.
- Get your pet to the vet as soon as possible, as heat stroke can lead to serious organ dysfunction and damage. Download the Red Cross Pet First Aid App for instant access to treatment for heat stroke, other emergencies and general cat and dog care and take the Cat and Dog First Aid online training course part.
Accidents and emergencies happen
The Red Cross has several resources to help people learn how to treat bee stings, burns, and heat emergencies, including online and in-person training courses, a free first aid app, and an Amazon Alexa first aid skill -enabled devices.
Help save lives this summer
Blood donations dwindle in late spring and early summer — especially during holiday weeks like Memorial Day and Independence Day — but the need for blood and platelet transfusions doesn’t take a summer break. Generous blood and platelet donors are vital to ensure life-saving care is available the moment patients need it. to Make a donation appointment, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit us RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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