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Labor Day Safety Tips

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We want to make sure everyone have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend

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AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE CHESAPEAKE REGION ISSUES SAFETY TIPS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Baltimore, MD – (August 29, 2014) – Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the beach and having cook outs this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.

“We encourage everyone to take a few simple, safety steps when spending time on the road, at the beach and at cook outs,” said Scott Salemme, Region CEO. “We especially encourage people going to the beach this weekend to be mindful of rip currents and swim only when a lifeguard is present."

People should also follow these safety tips:

Tips for Safe Travel

  • Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.
  • Buckle up and obey traffic signs.
  • Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

Tips for Safe Swimming

  • Check weather and beach conditions throughout the day.
  • Always swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard and obey all warnings.
  • Provide close and constant attention to children in or near the water.
  • Stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
  • Young children, inexperienced swimmers and boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Tips for Safe Grilling

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.
  • Use long-handled utensils.
  • Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.

The Red Cross has a series of mobile apps in case people run into severe weather or need expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. People can go to redcross.org/apps for information.

About the American Red Cross Chesapeake Region (www.redcross.org/chesapeake):
On average the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides help to Maryland families two to three times each day after disasters including emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information or to donate, please visit RedCross.org/Chesapeake or Tweet us @RedCrossMD.

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