Visit www.clearfieldjeffersonredcross.org to learn more about the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter or visit us on Facebook.
Give the gift of life this holiday season. Red Cross Infant/Child CPR, Adult CPR and First Aid gift certificates are available in our offices. You can also visit redcross.org/gifts for more gift options.
Holiday hours for the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter offices of the Red Cross will be as follows: Closed, December 24, 27, 31. We will be opened from 8:30-12:30 on December 30. Disaster volunteers will be on-call to respond in the case of emergency.
2010 HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday season.
- When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.”
- When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
- When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.
- Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
- Be sure to keep the stand filled with water, because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly.
- Check all tree lights-even if you’ve just purchased them-before hanging them on your tree. Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
- Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them.
- Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
- Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
- Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals.
- Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked over.
- In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or inhaling small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.
- Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.
- Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child or can cause a fire if near flame.
Preparing for the holiday is a real joy for the family, just be sure to stay safe!!
Health & Safety Classes
Punxsutawney-December 6- 6pm
Clearfield-December 9 – 6pm
Brookville- December 14-6pm
Punxsutawney-December 6, 2010-6pm
Brookville-December 14, 2010-6pm
Clearfield-December 16, 2010-6pm
Call 765-5516 in Clearfield or 849-2712 in Brookville to register for classes or place an order.
Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule
Dec. 8 Frenchville St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall 1:00-7:00
Dec. 10 Clearfield Area High School 8:15-2:00
Dec. 11 St. John Lutheran Church 9:00-3:00
Dec. 13 Curwensville Women’s Club-CMA Church 12:00-6:00
Dec. 17 440 Front Street 12:00-6:00
Dec. 22 Pleasant Valley UM Church 12:00-6:00
Dec. 28 Clearfield YMCA 12:00-6:00
Dec. 30 St. Bona Ventures-Grampian 12:30-6:00
Dec. 31 440 Front St. 8:00-1:00
Jefferson County Bloodmobile Schedule
Dec. 10 EUM Church, Brookville 12:00-6:00
Dec. 14 SSCD Punxsutawney 12:00-6:00
Dec. 15 Brockway Volunteer Hose Co. 12:00-6:00
Watch your mailbox for the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter Newsletter, also information about the Longaberger Basket Raffle will soon be available.
Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and RSVP Station.
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. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. Support your American Red Cross! Checks may be sent to Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 1100 S. Second St. Suite 2, Clearfield, Pa 16830, or Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 18 Western Ave, Brookville, Pa 15825. VISA and MasterCard are accepted.