The long Memorial Day holiday weekend is on the horizon and for many, plans will include taking to the highway, pulling out the grill for a backyard barbecue or having fun in the water. The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to stay safe whatever their plans include.
“Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer fun and we want everyone to have a safe holiday,” said Lee Clark, CEO of the Roanoke Valley Chapter. “Whether the weekend will involve travel, grilling or swimming, we have safety tips everyone can follow.”
DRIVE SAFELY With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If plans include drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Other tips for a safe trip include:
GRILLING SAFETY The Red Cross offers these tips to stay safe while cooking those tasty cookout treats:
SWIMMING SAFETY Learning to swim is one of the best steps someone can take to be safe around water. People can contact their local Red Cross chapter and learn how to swim as well as get the facts about water safety, home pool safety, first aid and CPR classes. Other swimming safety tips include:
POOL SAFETY It’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. 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. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
The Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) have developed an online safety course for pool and hot tub owners. Home Pool Essentials helps people understand the risks of pool ownership, how to maintain a safer and cleaner pool, what safety equipment is appropriate, how to prevent pool and hot tub entrapment hazards, and how to respond to an emergency.
DOWNLOAD FIRST AID APP Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergency at someone’s fingertips. The free app is available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.
About the American Red Cross:
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, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Salem, VA (May 22, 2013) - Heavy rains rushing through the Roanoke Valley have forced the postponement of Wednesday's scheduled game between the Red Sox and Dash at LewisGale Field. Consequently, Salem and Winston will play a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 5:05.
Any tickets for Wednesday's game can be used for Thursday's doubleheader or for any other home game during the 2013 season.
The Sox will send Kyle Stroup to the mound in game one on Thursday, with Mike McCarthy scheduled to pitch the nightcap.
On Tuesday morning, a man driving on the Baltimore Beltway ran out of gas. So he did what anyone would do: He pulled over to the shoulder of I-695, set up his drum kit, and began to play until help arrived.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland state troopers eventually spotted the drummer and pulled over to investigate. He told the troopers he'd decided to kill time by practicing. The troopers bought the man's story, called a State Highway Administration truck to refill his tank, and then sent him on his way without issuing a citation.
A police spokesperson didn't identify the mystery drummer.