Hurricane Preparedness, Part Two: Emergency Kits

Flooded road after hurricane

Hurricane Preparedness, Part 2 Each year, many coastal communities experience threats from hurricanes including heavy rains, strong winds, rip currents, floods and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. A hurricane may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further damage by causing floods and landslides, which not only threaten coastal communities but may impact communities […]

Back to School Safety

close up of a school bus stop sign on the side of a bus

Back to School Safety Some 25 million students nationwide begin and end their day with a trip on a school bus. Designed for safety, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, stop-sign arms and that bright yellow color, students are far more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus than traveling by car, […]

Heat Related Illnesses

Outdoor thermometer in the sun during heatwave. Hot weather, hig

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness. HEATSTROKE: What to Look For – High body temperature (103°F or higher) Hot, red, dry, or damp skin Fast, strong pulse Headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Losing consciousness (passing out) What to […]

Heat Advisory – It’s Hot Outside

Man drinking water during heat wave

Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Avoid Heat Related Injuries Wear Appropriate Clothing Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go […]

Get Indoors when Thunder Roars!

Get indoors when thunder roars

Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike! Outdoor Safety If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under trees […]

Remember to Look Before You Lock

Remember to look before you lock your car.

Never leave a child or pet in a hot car. Over the past 25 years, more than 940 children have died of heatstroke, because they were left or became trapped in a hot car. It’s important for everyone to understand that children are more vulnerable to heatstroke and that all hot car deaths are preventable. […]

Swimming Pool Safety

Lifebuoy by the pool

Did you know 69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water? It only takes a moment. A child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, check a fishing line or apply sunscreen. Death and injury from drownings happen every day […]

Boating Season Is Here: Are You Keeping Safe?

Birds eye view of a boat in water

Keeping everybody safe while out on the water. Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure. But boaters, swimmers, and marina staff must be aware of dangers in and around the water. Electrical hazards and carbon monoxide (CO) bring unique risks to the boating world. Learn to protect people and pets from […]

Using CPR to Save A Life

A lady practicing cpr on a mannequin.

CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.     Hand Placement and Position When performing CPR on adults, caregivers should use both hands that are interlocked and placed between the nipples. For children […]