Turn Your Snow Day into a Fire Safety Day

20160256b7a49f11622Use space heaters and other heating sources safely. Follow these fire prevention tips to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe and warm.

  • Keep things three feet from the heat. Keep children, pets and things that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, draperies, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as a ceramic tile floor) – not on rugs, carpets, near bedding or drapes.
  • Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
  • Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected annually by a professional and cleaned if necessary.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended, and use a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Use flashlights, not candles.

For households with children, the Red Cross Monster Guard app is an entertaining way for kids to learn about safety while having fun. People should also download the Red Cross Emergency app for additional information on safety and what to do in an emergency. Both apps are available in your favorite app store or through redcross.org/mobileapps.

Winter storms have other risks besides home fires, and Red Cross urges people to stay safe by following some other basic safety rules:

If the power goes out.

  • Do not use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside the home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which are headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, move quickly to a fresh air location, and then call 9-1-1
  • Do not hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. People should connect the equipment they need to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use perishable food from the fridge first, then use food from the freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours if the door remains closed.
  • If it looks like the power will be out for more than a day, prepare a cooler with ice for freezer items. Keep food covered in a dry, cool spot.
  • If you have a carbon monoxide alarm, treat the alarm signal as a real emergency each time: get to fresh air by moving outdoors, or near an open window or an open door. Make sure everyone in the home gets to fresh air, and then call 9-1-1 from a fresh air location.

Support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and help people affected by disasters by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate by going to redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Red Cross issues emergency need for blood donors

January 2016 Urgent Need_Donor 2While thousands of people from across the country have responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross earlier this month, recent severe winter weather has further impacted donations, creating an emergency need. In the Carolinas Blood Services Region, more than 50 blood drives were cancelled and 2,300 blood products went uncollected.

Your help is needed now! Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in to the Red Cross. Donors of all types are needed.

If you live in an area unaffected by recent winter weather or if conditions allow for safe travel, you are urged to make an appointment to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Please make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Red Cross Issues an Urgent Call for Blood & Platelet Donations

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to help prevent a shortage of blood products this January. Hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held, and 50,000 less donations collected, than the two previous months.

Blood and platelet donors of all types are needed to reverse the declining supply and help ensure blood products continue to be available. A shortage can be averted if at least two more donors – above what’s currently expected – come to donate at every Red Cross blood drive in January.

On average, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Blood and platelets are often needed to respond to emergencies large and small, including the personal ones that occur in communities across the country every day involving accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Eligible blood donors with types O, B negative and A negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

3Make an appointment now to help replenish the blood supply by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Red Cross Issues Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donors

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to help prevent a shortage of blood products this January. Hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held, and 50,000 less donations collected, than the two previous months.

 

 

Blood and platelet donors of all types are needed to reverse the declining supply and help ensure blood products continue to be available. A shortage can be averted if at least two more donors – above what’s currently expected – come to donate at every Red Cross blood drive in January.

On average, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Blood and platelets are often needed to respond to emergencies large and small, including the personal ones that occur in communities across the country every day involving accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Eligible blood donors with types O, B negative and A negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

Make an appointment now to help replenish the blood supply by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Celebrate National Blood Donor Month

                     Start the New Year with a resolution to roll up a sleeve to give                          this month and throughout 2016

This January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors. As we begin the New Year, the Red Cross encourages individuals to resolve to roll up a sleeve to give this month and throughout 2016.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. During the winter months, inclement weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses like the flu may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.

How to donate blood                                                                                                     Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling                 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or to receive more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Cropped Nurse with DonorA blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

Red Cross Assists Flood Victims

Red Cross disaster workers from throughout the region are hard at work today in (Asheville-Mountain Area) Macon and Jackson counties helping with damage assessment in affected communities and to see the damage and determine what help people need.

Our disaster team is committed to helping people get back on their feet as quickly as possible, and will remain in Macon and Jackson counties as long as needed.

Residents who reside in Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Transylvania or surrounding counties and have been affected by the flood, and in need of assistance, call the Red Cross office at 828-333-9919.9542632_G

Red Cross Shares Holiday Spirit with Military Families

Eighteen military families with 50 children are the recipients of the Service to the Armed Forces of the Charlotte Metro Chapter’s Holiday Cheer this year. This Red Cross cheer will enable these children to have a holiday they will always remember.

“Throughout the week, the gifts have been delivered to all of the families,” said Judith Ross, lead volunteer for Service to the Armed Forces of the American Red Cross Charlotte Metro Chapter. “According to Ross, there was much tip toeing and secrecy to sneak decorated trees and presents inside the homes.”

Parents collaborated to keep little ones occupied and unaware until the decorated trees were in place, and the gifts were hidden. “Once the children saw the decorated trees, there was much excitement,” said Ross. “I can only imagine what it will be like on Christmas Day!”IMG_0121

Families receiving gifts this week are composed of Army National Guard and Reserve and the Marine Corp Reserve.