It’s vacation time! Protect yourself at the beach

By Stephanie Heckman, Red Cross Public Relations Intern After a seemlingly never-ending winter, many lucky Ohioans will flock to the beach this summer. Oceanside vacations are wonderful experiences; however, it’s important to protect yourself and your family. Recently, four men drowned during a two-day period on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. All four deaths…… Continue reading It’s vacation time! Protect yourself at the beach

International Water Safety Day: Prepare for Summer!

By: Brittany Reasoner, Red Cross Communications Intern International Water Safety Day is today, May 15, and the American Red Cross will participate in a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the importance of water safety. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 388,000 drowning deaths occur annually around the world, making…… Continue reading International Water Safety Day: Prepare for Summer!

Water Safety Training Gains Importance During Summer

Nearly one-third of Americans lack strong swimming skills – and as summer begins to blanket us in a heat wave, many will turn to water activities to escape. If you’re following me here, this means that hundreds of people with less-than-stellar swimming skills will end up in, on, or near water at some point in the next few…… Continue reading Water Safety Training Gains Importance During Summer

Need for Strong Swimming Skills Increases as Summer Approaches

Nearly one-third of Americans lack strong swimming skills – and as summer begins to blanket us in a heat wave, many will turn to water activities to escape. If you’re following me here, this means that hundreds of people with less-than-stellar swimming skills will end up in, on, or near water at some point in the next few…… Continue reading Need for Strong Swimming Skills Increases as Summer Approaches

5 Things You Must Own if You Own a Pool

5 Things you must own if you own a pool: 1. backboard with straps- readily accessible 2. ring buoys or other approved flotation devices- readily accessible 3. properly secured, non-slip ladders and diving boards 4. properly stored pool chemicals- out of reach of children 5.  First Aid Kit- stocked and readily accessible Check out the American Red Cross…… Continue reading 5 Things You Must Own if You Own a Pool