Clearfield-Jefferson ARC Notes

SEND CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL … SAFELY

We are approaching back-to-school times for students across the Region. Amid the excitement of new teachers, classes and friends, it’s easy to forget the day-to-day hazards that go along with school attendance — particularly for younger students. Transportation to and from school, whether on the school bus, by foot, or by car, is a high-risk part of the day commonly overlooked in the hubbub surrounding a new school year. American Red Cross safety experts urge parents to set aside some time with their children to discuss important precautions about school transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school bus transportation is one of the safest forms of transportation. However, accidents happen. On average, nine passengers under the age of 19 die in school bus crashes each year.

“As school begins, we encourage families to develop a safety plan. Review basic safety rules for walking, biking or riding to school, and decide what will be done in case of an emergency.

For Bus Riders

  • Line up facing the school bus door, not along the side of the school bus.
  • Don’t play in the street while waiting for the school bus.
  • Carry your belongings in a backpack or book bag.
  • Never reach under a school bus to get anything that has rolled or fallen underneath.
  • After getting off the school bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk or road shoulder, out of traffic.
  • Wait for a signal from the bus driver before you cross the street. Walk at least 10 steps away from the front of the bus so that the bus driver can see you.
  • Never cross the street behind the school bus.

For Walkers or Bikers
Young students who walk or ride bicycles to school also face a range of dangers. Remind children to follow the following tips

  • Never walk alone — always walk with a buddy.
  • Pay attention to all traffic signals and instructions from crossing guards. Never cross the street against the light, even if there are no cars coming.
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Walk your bicycle across intersections.
  • Wear reflective material to be more visible to street traffic.

For Car Passengers and Drivers
Anyone who rides in a car to school — or drives, in the case of older teenagers — needs to be particularly careful. Most traffic crashes occur close to home.

  • Everyone in the car should wear a seat belt. They lower the risk of injury in the event of a crash by 45 percent.
  • Motor vehicles are the leading cause of death for people age 15 to 18 years old. Remind your teenager to take extra precautions if he or she drives to school, or rides with another teenage driver.
  • Make sure babies and young children are in safety seats at all times during a car ride.

Creating a Communications Plan

  • Compose a list of emergency contact numbers and make a copy for each family member, including children, to carry with them at all times.
  • Establish an out-of-area emergency contact everyone should call if local phone lines are not working.
  • Determine emergency meeting places.
 
 

The Babysitter’s Training course has an interactive, educational format that tasks youth, ages 11 – 14 years of age, with activities such as identifying safety problems around the house and yard, selecting age-appropriate toys and games for children in their care and providing basic care. Students receive a book, first aid kit and 2 certificates. The course is scheduled for Aug. 24 at the Red Cross office at 5:00 p.m. Call 765-5516 to register and new for date and time.

 

There will be a Multiphasic Blood screening at the Clearfield Red Cross Office on Sept. 11. The blood screening covers thirty-five tests for a fee. Other tests available are Prostate and Thyroid for an additional fee.  Free blood pressure and oximeter screening will also be available.  To schedule your appointment, call 765-5516 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pediatric First Aid and Infant and Child CPR for Child care providers is scheduled for Sept. 22 and 29 from 6-9 p.m. at the Red Cross office in Clearfield. To register go to the PA Keys Web site at www.pakeys.org. Please mail $20.00 registration fee to the American Red Cross in advance at 1100 S. Second St., Clearfield, PA 16830.

Did you know that the Chapter offers Babysitting classes? This class is available for students from age 11-15, and teaches care-giving skills! Students will learn to handle an emergency, illness, perform minor first aid, make responsible decisions and keep children safe.

 

They will also learn basic skills such as feeding, diapering, and preparing meals and snacks. Participants will receive a book, two certificates and a first aid kit. To register or for more information, please call 814-765-5516 or 814-849-2712.

First Aid for Children Today: A program to help children ages 5 to 8 understand the important role they have in managing their own health and safety as well as the health of the environment in which they live.

Poison Control: This course introduces the concept of poisonous products and/or things in our homes in a fun and entertaining way. This demonstrates prevention and the importance of telling a grown-up of a suspected occurrence of poisoning.

Basic Aid Training: Introduces children ages 8-11 to safety information and first aid procedures for breathing difficulties, bleeding, poisoning, burns, shock and other emergencies.

Scrubby Bear: This program teaches children ages 4 to 7 how germs are spread, how to prevent the spread of disease, and how to properly wash their hands.

First Aid for Children Today: A program to help children ages 5 to 8 understand the important role they have in managing their own health and safety as well as the health of the environment in which they live.

Poison Control: This course introduces the concept of poisonous products and/or things in our homes in a fun and entertaining way. This demonstrates prevention and the importance of telling a grown-up of a suspected occurrence of poisoning.

Basic Aid Training: Introduces children ages 8-11 to safety information and first aid procedures for breathing difficulties, bleeding, poisoning, burns, shock and other emergencies.

Scrubby Bear: This program teaches children ages 4 to 7 how germs are spread, how to prevent the spread of disease, and how to properly wash their hands.

Health & Safety Classes:

Adult CPR– Clearfield –Sept. 1

                      Brookville –Sept. 21

                        Punxsutawney- Oct. 4

Infant Child CPR– Clearfield – Sept. 2

First Aid – Clearfield – Sept. 16

                  Brookville – Sept. 23

                   Punxsutawney- Oct. 5

 

Call 765-5516 in Clearfield or 849-2712 in Brookville & Punxsutawney to register for classes or place an order.

Visit the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter Web site at www.clearfieldjeffersonredcross.org for all the local Red Cross news.

Clearfield Area Bloodmobiles

 

 

  Aug. 25 Woodland – Lake Street U.M.C. 12:00-6:00
  Aug. 26 Grampian Church of God 12:30-6:00
  Sept. 3 Fixed site Front, St. 12:00-6:00
  Sept. 6 Fixed site LABOR DAY 9:00-1:00
  Sept. 13 Clearfield Knights of Columbus 12:00-6:00
  Sept. 17 Fixed site Front, St. 12:00-6:00
  Sept. 25 Curwensville Moose 9:00-2:00

Jefferson County Bloodmobile Schedule

 

Aug. 17 Brookville – EUM @ Pinecreek Fire Hall 12-6
Aug. 18 Brockway – Brockway Volunteer Hose 12-6
Aug. 20 Punxsutawney – Hospital 10-4
  Sept. 3 First Church of God – Punxsutawney 12-6
  Sept. 7 Brockwayville Depot – Brockway 12-6
  Sept. 10 Big Run War Memorial – Big Run 12:30-6
  Sept. 17 Sykesville – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin 12-6
  Sept. 17 Brookville – Church of God 12-6
  Sept. 21 Reynoldsville – American Legion 1-7
               

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. We are not a government agency. We are supported by your donations, help from the United Way, United Fund and proceeds from our special event fundraisers.

Please make your checks payable to: Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter American Red Cross.  Call our offices at 765-5516 (Clearfield) or 849-2712 (Jefferson County) for further information about donating, planned giving or volunteering for the American Red Cross serving your community.

                   Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and RSVP Station.

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