CLEARFIELD – The three H’s, HAZY, HOT and HUMID, are here and are supposed to stick around! Below are a few tips to help you beat the heat and stay safe.
Tips to preventing heat-related illness
• Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
• Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
• Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.
• Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
• Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
• Stay indoors when possible.
• Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing the signals of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!
Our National American Red Cross has been busy with all of the flooding, wild fires and other disasters in the United States. We have also been assisting internationally in Madagascar to prevent Malaria after cyclones, support and education for children are offered in China, Vietnam and Cambodia and the Measles Initiative has been so successful in Africa, it has been expanded into Pakistan and soon to India.
If your youth group or school would like to help with the Measles Initiative, please contact the Clearfield or Brookville office. Schools across the Nation hold “Penny Wars” to benefit the Measles Initiative and monies are donated to help vaccinate children. Millions of lives have been saved by this program.
Many primary and secondary school students around the country are taking classes in trailers, the result of rapidly growing student populations that have overwhelmed existing facilities. In Virginia, earlier this month, 20 teenagers took this trend to a new extreme—they attended classes in the back of an American Red Cross emergency response vehicle.
The classes were part of the Youth Disaster College, an intense, week-long training to teach high-school students about Red Cross disaster services, especially sheltering and mass care feeding operations. The participants gained hands-on experience in setting up cots and arranging other supplies used in a shelter and assisted with an actual mass feeding at a local church. They also received instruction in CPR and first aid. In addition to receiving some instruction while in the ERV, the students also took classes at the Chapter offices.
If you would be interested in the presentation of American Red Cross courses or demonstrations to your group, call the office at 765-5516 for more information.
Health & Safety Classes:
Adult CPR – Clearfield – August 15, 2007
Brookville – August 8, 2007
Punxsutawney – August 6, 2007
Infant Child CPR – Clearfield – September 6, 2007
First Aid – Clearfield – August 16, 2007
Brookville – August 9, 2007
Punxsutawney – August 7, 2007
All of the above classes begin at 6:00 p.m. Call 765-5516 to register in Clearfield or 849-2712 to register in Brookville & Punxsutawney.
Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule
Aug 13 Curwensville VFW 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 17 Fixed Site 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 22 Karthaus Fire Hall 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 30 Penn Dot 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Jefferson Bloodmobile Schedule
Aug 8 Brockway Fire Hall Noon to 6 p.m.
Aug 16 Pinecreek Fire Hall Noon to 6 p.m.
Aug 21 Saints Cosmos & Damien Noon to 6 p.m.
The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization funded in part by United Way and by your generous donations Please support your Clearfield-Jefferson American Red Cross. Checks may be sent to Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 1100 S. Second St. Suite 2, Clearfield, Pa 16830, or Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 275 Main St., Brookville, Pa 15825. VISA and MasterCard are accepted.
Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and an RSVP Station.