Summer safety tips from the Red Cross

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross wants Hub City area residents to get trained on important life saving skills. Officials said they can come in handy during the summer months.

A Red Cross safety survey showed 68% of Americans have been involved with some type of summertime emergency including insect bites and broken bones.

Preventing drowning's is another issue the Red Cross is working to educate the public about since almost 75% of the population, according to the survey, plan to cool off in a body of water this season.

Bill Powe is the South Central Chapter's Director of Preparedness and Health and Safety.

Powe said, "Make sure that kids get permission before they get in and around the water. Make sure that they swim with a buddy, and try to stay in areas where there is a lifeguard. In cases where you go in an area where there is not a lifeguard like a waterfront environment, you want to make sure you stay in an area where it's roped off, or you get in an area where you know where the swimming boundaries are."

Powe said it's also a good idea to receive CPR and first aid training. The Red Cross is offering these courses throughout the summer at various times and locations.

For more information, you can call the South Central Chapter at 601-582-8151.

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