Happy Thanksgiving from the Red Cross – Rock River Chapter & 8 Tips to Keep You Safe

November 27, 2008

Have a Safe Thanksgiving: Even with the best preparations and precautions, accidents can happen

The American Red Cross wants to remind everyone of important safety issues that will help ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Since Thanksgiving usually involves preparing lots of food, cooking safety should be a priority. Unfortunately, cooking fires are more likely to occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The Red Cross offers the following tips to prevent home fires this Thanksgiving:

  1. Monitor your cooking at all times. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day home fires.
  2. Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking.
  3. Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking.
  4. Make sure all stoves and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen, and that ovens are turned off when you leave the house.
  5. Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times.
  6. Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents.
  7. Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances.
  8. After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home, making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.

Finally, it’s important for every household to make sure to have working smoke alarms. In a recent study commissioned by the Red Cross and National Fire Protection Association, 37 percent of respondents admitted to disabling a smoke alarm when it went off unexpectedly. The Red Cross encourages people to install smoke alarms on every level of their house and outside sleeping areas and to test the batteries once a month.

Even with the best preparation and precautions, accidents can happen. Cooking-related burns are a common hazard of the Thanksgiving holiday. For a superficial burn, cool the area by running it under cold water until the heat eases and then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing to help prevent infection. A critical burn requires medical attention.

Choking is another threat to a happy holiday dinner. Common causes of choking include talking while eating; eating too fast; and trying to swallow large pieces of poorly chewed food. If you feel as if food may be caught in your throat, never leave the room-stay where others can see you and help if your airway becomes blocked.

To help someone who is choking, remember “FIVE-and-FIVE Can Keep Them Alive.” First, ask the person if they are able to breathe and if you can help. Once you know the person is unable to cough, speak or breathe, have someone call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Lean the person forward and give FIVE sharp back blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. If the obstruction isn’t dislodged, stand behind the person and give FIVE quick, upward thrusts into the abdomen. Repeat back blows and abdominal thrusts as necessary. If you are alone, you can perform abdominal thrusts on yourself, just as you would on someone else. Thrusts can also be administered by leaning over and pressing your abdomen firmly against an object such as the back of a chair.

For more Red Cross fire safety and first aid information visit www.redcross.org or if you’d like to volunteer at the Rock River Chapter go to our website.


Thanksgiving Came One Day Early at the Rock River Chapter – Thanks to Dickerson & Nieman Realtors

November 26, 2008

Dickerson & Nieman Realtors presented the Red Cross – Rock River Chapter with a check this morning for $1,530 to go toward our Emergency Overnight Shelter. What a great way to start Thanksgiving early.

Dickerson & Nieman Check Presentation 11.26.2008


Harlem Middle School Helps Red Cross – Check Presentation

November 25, 2008

Harlem Middle School students raised $113.45 for American Red Cross disaster relief. Thank Harlem!

Harlem Middle School Check Presentation 11.25.2008


It’s not too late to VOTE: Our World Gives Facebook competition [repost RedCrossChat.org]

November 24, 2008

Originally posted on redcrosschat.org

Help us keep our lead to the finish line. If we have the most votes by the end of this week, we’ll receive $50,000 from Western Union Foundation Our World Gives program.

If you have a Facebook account:

1. Go to Our World Gives application
2. Add the application
3. Vote for the American Red Cross
4. Visit each day for the rest of this week to vote again
5. Share with all your Facebook friends

If you don’t have a Facebook account:

1. Get one
2. Follow steps 1-5 above


If you’d like to get involved at the Rock River Chapter Website please go to our website or to find your local chapter go to redcross.org


Bloodmobile Schedule for December 2008

November 24, 2008

WALK-INS ARE WELCOME!!

For appointments call: 1-800-448-3543

Mon. December 8th, 11:00am- 4:00pm
Bay Valley Foods
820 Palmyra Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021
Self-contained unit used.

Tues. December 9th, 12:30pm-6:30pm
Knights of Columbus Hall
506 West Third
Dixon, IL 61021
Sponsored by: K of C

Tues. December 16th, 10:30am- 5:30pm
KSB Hospital
403 E. First Street
Dixon, IL 61021

Wed. December 17th, 12:00pm-5:00pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Dixon “O” Drive
421 S. Peoria
Dixon, IL 61021
Self-contained unit used.

Wed. December 17th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Illinois Dept. of Transportation
819 Depot
Dixon, IL 61021


Red Cross Responds to House Fire Chesterfield Ave, Rockford, Illinois

November 24, 2008

The above is a view from the ERV of the fire department respond along with Red Cross to a single family house fire on Chesterfield Ave in Rockford, Illinois. The Red Cross provided the family of 9 with assistance. Single family house fires is the most common disaster we respond.

On average we respond to 8-10 fires per month. If you’d like to get involved at the Red Cross please go to our chapter website or you can find your local chapter at redcross.org.


First aid volunteers are first on the scene – British Red Cross

November 21, 2008

The Red Cross helps people all around the world. Below is a story how first aid helped when a diabetic teenager collapsed in his remote rural home in their countryside home in Irvinestown, Northern Ireland.

Originally posted on http://www.redcross.org.uk.

When a diabetic teenager collapsed in his remote rural home, a Red Cross first aider was able to reach the scene in minutes – thanks to the first responder scheme.

Volunteer Louise Johnston was on hand to respond very soon after 15-year-old Luke Wallace became suddenly unwell at his countryside home in Irvinestown, Northern Ireland.

She was able to reach him so quickly due to the Red Cross’ first responder scheme, where local first aid volunteers work in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) to provide fast emergency help.

Under the scheme, volunteers in the Irvinestown area are alerted to category one calls at the same time as the ambulance service. This means that, following an emergency call-out, they can often reach the scene first and provide life-saving help until an ambulance arrives.

Quick response

Looking back on the frightening experience (which happened last month), Sharon Wallace – Luke’s mother – remembered: “Since Luke is diabetic, we were worried that he didn’t have a lot of time. Then while we were waiting for the ambulance, Louise arrived at the door.

“She got here very quickly and did a fantastic job of looking after Luke by checking his blood sugar and his temperature. She also helped reassure the rest of us and keep us calm because we were all panicking! And when the ambulance arrived, Louise explained the situation and handed it over to them.”

The grateful mum added: “Louise did a great job and I am really glad she was there. The first responder scheme was a great help and I’m sure it will help a lot of people.”

Crucial first minutes

The Red Cross first responders all live within five miles of Irvinestown and are trained to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), which can be critical in the first few minutes following a heart attack or collapse.

John Wright, rapid response manager for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, said: “Responding to 999 emergencies in a city centre is easy as vehicles can be deployed and reach casualties within a couple of minutes.

“However, in rural and isolated areas such as Irvinestown, it’s much more difficult for ambulances to locate casualties and negotiate their way down narrow country lanes, so average response times are more like ten to twelve minutes.”

He added: “The first response volunteers are very valuable to us and their local communities because they can provide vital emergency first aid while the casualty waits for the ambulance.”

If you’d like to take a Health & Safety Class from the American Red Cross please go to rockriver.redcross.org if you’re in the Rock River Region or to find your local Red Cross go to redcross.org.