Spring into safety by taking a first aid and CPR course or a babysitter’s training course

cpr2We know it is tempting to stay indoors around this time of year; however, spring is on its way and you never know when first aid knowledge or CPR will be needed.

You could be away on a vacation when your loved one gets injured from an outdoor activity. At this time, you will want to already know how to help your loved one instead of going into panic mode.

By taking an American Red Cross first aid and CPR class this month, you will be prepared to help your loved one when an unexpected injury happens.

The first aid and CPR class will teach you everything you will need to know to keep injuries from spoiling barbecues and weekend trips away from home. You will learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, including burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, heat and cold emergencies, and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies.

Throughout this month, first aid and CPR classes are available at the Macomb Service Center, Washtenaw-Lenawee County Chapter, Lenawee County Chapter at the Joe Ann Steele Insurance building, Davenport University, Southeastern Michigan Regional Chapter, Monroe County Chapter and St. Clair County Chapter.

These locations will also be offering babysitter’s training courses throughout this month. The courses are a perfect way to ensure your 11-15 year old will be prepared to watch his or her younger sibling so you can enjoy a night out. Besides this, the training will help prepare your 11-15 year old for babysitting jobs so he or she will be able to earn extra cash during the summertime.

If you are interested in registering for any classes, you can go here or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Please note that advance registration is required.

This spring break, be prepared to keep you and your friends safe

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As your spring break approaches, you are probably finding yourself in a rush to remember everything. You may be finding there is not enough time to think of all of the details between your work and school schedules.

We would like to help save you time and stress by providing you with details on what you should do to have a safe and enjoyable trip with all of your college buddies.

Here is a quick list of road safety tips to help you have a safe and stress-free spring break:

  • Take your vehicle to the auto shop to make sure it is as ready as you are for the trip. While it can be annoying to have to make time to go to the auto shop, it is better to have your vehicle checked on now than have it break down later.
  • Print out all directions for your trip and pack them in your vehicle. We know you may prefer to use your GPS. But you and your friends will not be feeling too great if the GPS stops working all of a sudden and there is no backup plan to help you arrive at your destination.
  • Take a list of roadside assistance numbers or Download a roadside assistance app. We know you rather not think about the possibility that your vehicle could break down. However, you should always have a plan for the unexpected.
  • Pack a spare tire in your vehicle. While the chances of getting a flat tire may seem unlikely, you never know what is going to happen when you are on a road trip.
  • Do not forget to pack a phone car charger. You can never be too prepared since your battery may run out when you really need to call someone for help. Be sure to bring back up phone car chargers as it is possible for these lovely life savers to break.
  • Download the American Red Cross First Aid AppYou never know when you are going to need first aid information. It’s good to have this app at the palm of your hand as you will be in an unfamiliar area and there might be too long of a wait at local doctor offices. This app could be a life saver if you or any of your friends get hurt while at the beach or exploring a city. Get the app by texting “GETFIRST” to 90999 or by searching “Red Cross First Aid” in the Apple App StoreGoogle Play or Amazon Marketplace.

We hope everyone has a great spring break! Be safe and Have fun!

American Red Cross honors African Americans who made significant contributions to the Red Cross legacy

Black-History-Month-2015In honor of Black History Month, we would like to honor the contributions of African Americans to the American Red Cross legacy.
Let’s start by taking a looking at how Jerome H. Holland contributed to blood services.

Jerome H. Holland was an African American educator, businessman, author, civil rights proponent, diplomat and 1985 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. In addition, Holland is noted for being the driving force behind the current phase of biomedical research and development at the Red Cross. The American Red Cross Jerome H. Holland Laboratory for the Biomedical Sciences is named in his honor.

However, we cannot talk about blood services without thinking about the contributions that Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Charles Orr made to the organization.

Dr. Charles Drew was the first medical director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank in the United States. During his time at the Red Cross, he played a key role in the development of blood plasma processing and transfusion therapy. His work with the blood bank paved the way for modern day blood banking. The Charles Drew Institute, which is the centerpiece of the Red Cross biomedical training system, was named in his honor.

Dr. Charles Orr established the Junior Red Cross and organized blood drives to encourage African American donations. He also served on the American Red Cross Board of Governors in 1979 and 1982 and was the first African American to receive the Harriman Award, the highest award given to an American Red Cross volunteer.

The contributions of Holland, Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Charles Orr were significant. Their impact on the American Red Cross helped pave the way for future generations.

Make safety a priority as you drive home today

WinterSafetyAfter a long day of work or school, we understand that the first thing on your mind is getting home as quickly as possible because you have a lot you need to do once you get home. But please keep in mind that it is crucial to slow down and take your time during inclement weather.

Additionally, please keep in mind that it is not worth the risk to possibly arrive home a few minutes earlier. Although you have numerous responsibilities at home, a few minutes to ensure the safety of you and those who share the road with you is time well spent.

Here are some tips to help you get home safely today:
• Leave space between you and the car in front of you because you may have to stop at a moment’s notice and the roads could be slippery.
• Turn your cellphone off and put it away. We know it can be hard to do. But the safety of yourself and others is more important than answering texts or phone calls. It may also be helpful to let people know before you head out that you will be driving and you will get back to them when you arrive home.
• Be especially careful when driving on a ramp, bridge or overpass as all of these freeze before roadways do.
• Do not use cruise control as this feature is unsafe to use when roads are wet or icy.

We hope you will find these tips helpful, and we would like to remind you to pay close attention to the road as you drive home today. Please be safe!

Josh and Maddie celebrate 8th birthday by putting others first

??????????While many kids are always thinking about what they want for their birthdays, Josh and Maddie decided that focusing on others would be the best way to spend their eighth birthday.

They told party guests not to buy anything for them.
But instead, they asked each person to make a donation to the American Red Cross because they wanted to help make a difference in the world.

They were both proud to announce that they were able to raise $300 from all of the donations that were made by family and friends for their eighth birthday.

But Josh said that he still plans to continue to raise more money to help those affected by disasters.
In fact, his goal for this year is to raise $500 by shoveling snow or running a lemonade stand on his block once summer comes around.

We cannot say thank you enough to Josh and Maddie for their generous donation to the American Red Cross and for being an inspiration to us and others.

Be prepared for first aid emergencies in 2015

cprThe American Red Cross is offering 50 Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED courses during the month of January to help you be prepared for the year ahead. 

The class incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age, adults (about 12 years and older) and pediatric (infants and children up to 12 years of age). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

 To register for a class in your area, please call 1-800-RED CROSS. Advance registration is required.

Celebrate National Blood Donor Month by Making a Lifesaving Donation

sleeves upJanuary is National Blood Donor Month. This year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with the Sleeves Up virtual blood drive.

Sleeves Up is a first-of-its-kind website that lets you create a virtual blood drive and encourage colleagues, friends and family members to give blood or platelets, or make a financial donation – no matter where they are located across the country.

Creating a Sleeves Up campaign is a simple four-step process:
• Create an account at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp or log in with an existing Facebook or Twitter account.
• Personalize the campaign with video, pictures or your personal story.
• Set a goal and time frame for the campaign.
• Invite others to join the campaign via email or social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 and recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. The winter months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelets to meet patient needs. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations and seasonal illnesses, which can prevent some donors from making or keeping appointments to give.

Blood donors with all blood types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are needed to ensure blood is available for patients. If you haven’t made a donation appointment yet for 2015, do it now at redcrossblood.org. Then, check out SleevesUp and invite others to join you in making a lifesaving donation.

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