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Red Cross shares 20 ways to be safe this summer


Last updated 6/27/2018 at 12:45pm

SANTA ANA – Summer is in full swing and people will are taking advantage of the warmer weather enjoying the outdoors and sunshine. The American Red Cross wants everyone to have fun and offers 20 things to do to be safe all summer long.

“Summer is here and many of us will travel, grill delicious food and cool off in the pool or at the beach,” Tony Briggs, spokesperson for the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region, said. “We want everyone to enjoy the summer and be safe at the same time, so we are offering these 20 safety tips people should follow.”

For driving safety, be well rested and alert, use seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. Clean headlights and turn them on as dusk approaches or in inclement weather. Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver available. Give full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones. Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways. Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.

For water safety, ensure that everyone in the family becomes water competent. That is, learn to swim well, know personal limitations and how to recognize and avoid hazards and understand how to help prevent and respond to emergencies around water.

Adults should actively supervise children and stay within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers. Children should follow the pool rules. Fence the pool in with four-sided fencing that is at least four-feet in height and use self-closing, self-latching gates.

Always wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when on a boat and if in a situation beyond the swimmer’s skill level.

Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair – everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards. If in a location with no lifeguards, such as a residential pool, designate a “Water Watcher” to keep a close eye and constant attention on children in and around the water.

For beach safety to swim in the ocean, a lake or river, be aware that swimming in these environments is different than swimming in a pool. Be sure the swimmer has the skills for these environments.

Swim only at a beach with a lifeguard, within the designated swimming area. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards and ask them about local conditions.

Make sure to swim sober and always swim with a buddy. Swimmers should know their limitations and make sure to have enough energy to swim back to shore.

Protect the neck – don’t dive headfirst. Walk carefully into open waters. Watch out for and avoid aquatic life.

If caught in a rip current, try not to panic. Signal to those on shore for assistance. Swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, swim toward shore. If that isn’t possible, float or tread water until free of the rip current and head toward shore.

For grilling safety, always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited. Never grill indoors – not in a house, camper, tent or any enclosed area. Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep loved ones safe by putting vital information at hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross Swim App promotes water safety education and helps parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim. The Red Cross First Aid App makes information on handling the most common first aid emergencies immediately available. Download these apps for free in the app store or at Learn first aid and CPR/AED skills,, and help save a life.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit or or visit them on Twitter at @RedCross.


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