Monday, June 17, 2013

Safety Tips for Dad

by Natalie Horn, volunteer contributor

Every Father’s Day, families come together to celebrate their dear old dads who have sacrificed so much to raise the next generation great of Americans. Whatever you did to honor Dad this Father’s Day--be it a backyard barbeque, home improvement project or fun-filled day on the water--here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

For Grill Master Dad:

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay if father to Sophie, 17.
Your dad may not possess the same culinary expertise as Bobby Flay, but chances are he grills a mean burger. If your dad fancies himself a grill master, be sure he follows basic grill safety. Only use charcoal and propane grills when outdoors and place them far away from the home, deck railings or any overhanging branches. Always keep children and pets away from the grill area and never leave your grill unattended. 

For Do-It-Yourself Dad:

Matt Muenster of DIY Network's 'Bath Crashers' has 2 children
Has your dad been watching too much DIY Network or HGTV? Does he have a grand vision to transform the garage into a fully functioning man cave, complete with a custom built entertainment center? Whatever Dad’s latest project is, it’s important that the whole family be prepared to administer basic first aid, because accidents happen - especially when power tools are involved!

Download the Red Cross First Aid app for simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. The app is available free for iPhone and Android devices, and gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies without even needing a data connection!

For Captain Dad:

Mark Wahlberg, Hollywood actor & father of four,
starred in the 200 disaster film 'A Perfect Storm.'
He probably should have worn a life vest.
A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for! If it's ships ahoy for your dad this summer, it’s imperative that all aboard observe boat safety.

Boaters should always wear life jackets on the water, most importantly children under 13 and non-swimmers. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the majority of drowning fatalities occur because the victim was not wearing a life jacket. Also, never consume alcohol while operating a boat or any motor-vehicle as it can impair your judgment and coordination. Visit the RedCross.org to enroll in a CPR training course today.

We all love Dad, so let’s keep him around for a few more years. Urge him and the rest of the family to be prepared for anything. For the latest first aid and CPR training class schedule, visit RedCross.org.

1 comment:

  1. A sail in the lodge is vault, however that’s hardly what boats are built for! If it's boats ahoy for your father this summer, it’s vital that total aboard follow boat security. home improvement

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