American Red Cross
American Red Cross Lifesaving Water Safety Advice:
“Have Fun This Summer Without Taking a Vacation From Safety”
Editor’s note: American Red Cross expert Helen Michel can provide more information on keeping families safe in and around the water this season. To schedule an interview, contact Helen at 850-878-6080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TALLAHASSEE, May 22—Summer is a wonderful time of year; Tallahassee children and parents look forward to outdoor activities at the pool, lake and beach. Yet accidents can happen if families take a vacation from safety. The good news is that most water tragedies can be prevented, if everyone remembers the basic rules of water safety.
“The Capital Area Chapter reminds everyone to have fun this summer without taking a vacation from safety,” says Jessica Geib. “These tips will help keep everyone healthy and safe in or around the water”:
“Plastic makes the ring buoy so light even a child can save a life if the need arises,” points out Jessica Geib “These items coupled with a pool emergency action plan—similar to a fire drill—help the whole family breathe a little easier.” In addition, the Red Cross recommends that pools be surrounded on all sides by a fence that is at least 4 feet high. It should not provide any footholds, which would allow a child to climb over or spacing to climb through. The fence should have a self-closing, self-locking gate that is locked when the pool is not in use.
For more information on staying safe in and around the water visit http://www.cacarc.org or contact the Capital Area Chapter at 850-878-6080.
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.