Aug 23 2010

3-Year-Old Girl Saves Her Dad's Life

This amazing little girl serves as a great reminder to teach our kids what to do in an emergency ...

 

 

Aug 19 2010

Bad Eggs and a Bunch of Good Eggs

If you have eggs in your fridge, be aware there is a current recall of a specific group of eggs - you can find out which eggs and what you should do, by clicking here.

And we wanted you to know about some "good eggs" - a group of farmers that are helping to fight hunger. Go here to find out more about The Good Egg Project.

 

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Aug 03 2010

Learn to Swim ... Water Safety Tips

Click here to read the story of six teenagers who lost their life in the Red River on Monday.  And remind yourself of the importance of (1) knowing how to swim and (2) knowing how to be safe around water, especially with children.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • 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.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water

  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.

Maintain Constant Supervision

  • Actively supervise children whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
Jul 02 2010

Fireworks Moms - Fireworks Safety

This weekend an estimated 7,000 people will be treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. Wow!  We'd rather you not be one of them, so here are some basic fireworks safety tips ...

Before you begin, make sure you have:

  • A bucket of water or hose. Water is important for cooling off spent sparklers, fully extinguishing fireworks, and in case of fire.
  • A clear, flat area away from houses, spectators, leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Closed-toed shoes.
  • Safety glasses for the person igniting the fireworks.

    Sparkler Tips

    • While many consider sparklers to be safe, it's important to remember that you are, in fact, playing with fire: Sparklers can burn at more than 1,000 degrees F, and caused an estimated 800 injuries in 2008.
    • Don't allow children under the age of 12 to handle sparklers.
    • Show older children how to hold sparklers at arm's length, and don't let them run with or wave the sparklers.
    • Stand at least six feet away from another person while using sparklers.
    • To hand a sparkler to another person, give him or her an unlit sparkler and then light it.
    • Don't hold a child in your arms while holding a sparkler.
    • Drop spent sparklers into a bucket of water.

    Other Fireworks Tips

    • Always read and follow the directions.
    • Never relight a failed firework — wait 20 minutes before placing it in a bucket of water.
    • Onlookers must keep a safe distance from the person igniting the fireworks.
    • Children should not play with or ignite fireworks.