Red Cross encourages safety this summer
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[June 23, 2014]
CENTRAL ILLINOIS - With schools across
central Illinois out for the summer, many families and individuals
are starting to enjoy summer fun. The Red Cross warns that while
summer can be an exciting time of the year, you must also try to
prevent and prepare for emergencies.
Heat safety tips to avoid heat related emergencies.
- Wear light-weight, light colored clothing
Be sure to apply sunscreen before and during outdoor activities
- Stay well hydrated by drinking water
Be sure that your pet has a constant source of shade and access
- Limit strenuous activity to the coolest part of the day.
- Check on your elderly neighbors who are more susceptible to
heat related illness.
Water safety tips
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not
trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always
ask permission to go near water.
- Know local weather conditions. Because water conducts
electricity, it is wise to stop swimming, boating or any
activities on the water as soon as you see or hear a storm.
Also, heavy rains can make certain areas dangerous.
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Be prepared for potential emergencies.
- Download the Red Cross Tornado app to your iPhone or DROID
to ensure you are updated of potential severe weather.
- Download the Red Cross First Aid app to have information at
your fingertips about how to respond to a first aid emergency.
- Assemble a disaster kit for your home. The Red Cross
recommends that you have enough food, water, and supplies for at
least 72 hours.
[Text received; ERIN MILLER, AMERICAN
RED CROSS - CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGION]