• Archived Posts

The Beach Is Not a Pool – Plus 5 More Things to Keep in Mind

Post by Dr. Linda Quan, Vice-Chair of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) As summer brings another wave of hazy, hot and humid weather, many of us will be taking to the nation’s lakes and coasts in search of refreshing waves and cool breezes. The beach is an ideal place for a hot weather [...]

The Barton Report: May Podcast

Welcome to The Barton Report, a podcast brought to you by the American Red Cross. Check Out Education Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Barton Report on BlogTalkRadio Listen here if you have issues with the above player. This month we’re covering lots of topics to get you ready for this summer. Tune in [...]

The “Tail” of Red Cross Pet Adventures

Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their adventures. Red Crossers share some lessons from their furry family members and tips to keep your pets safe. AUDIE, THE ADVENTURER “Audie blew out his knee on our beach vacation. I used my pet first aid training to make sure he was comfortable and [...]

Top Tips for Staying Safe on Spring Break: Water Safety Edition

Post adapted from March 19, 2014 blog by By Peter Wernicki, MD American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. How will you remember this year’s spring break? If you want to stick with sun tans, ice cream and ocean breezes and avoid scary or dangerous situations, follow the lead of American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council member Peter Wernicki, [...]

Frigid Weekend Getaway and Warmer Days (Hopefully) around the Corner

To the despair of many, bitter cold continues to painfully grip much of the United States. The bone-chilling winter weather has dumped massive amounts of snow, plummeted temperatures far below averages and has many people dreaming of warmer days. Long summer days spent on the beach seem too distant to provide any relief. Perhaps a [...]

Five Tips to Avoid Common Winter Injuries

Tips in this blog post are originally from Andrew MacPherson, MD Member, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Are you hitting the slopes this weekend? A dedicated runner? An all-around adventure-seeker? Just in case you’re distracted by all the fun winter activities and safety isn’t #1 on your list, here are some top tips for [...]

Tips for Bitterly Cold Temps and Winter Storms

As many of us face a bitterly cold weekend, take some time to make sure you, your home, your neighbors and your pets are all taken care of as winter marches on. YOU Wear layers of clothing to stay warm, along with a hat, mittens and waterproof, insulated boots. Watch out for hypothermia and frostbite. [...]

Seven Tips for Preventing the Flu

Marie Etienne, DNP, ARNP, PLNC is the chair of the International Nursing Committee of the American Red Cross. She is a specialist in family and pediatric nursing and is a professor of nursing at Miami Dade College.  Flu season is upon us, and now is the time to take steps that will help you avoid [...]

No Tricks, Lots of Treats: Halloween Safety

Ah, Halloween. The time of the year to let your creativity and pop culture aptitude shine. In fact, our favorite unofficial mascot, Clarence Barton, went all in this year: Millions of us will take to the streets (er, sidewalks. Safety first!) to collect oodles of delicious treats. And most of us know some basic tips, [...]

QUIZ: Do You Actually Know How to Swim?

For the past 100 years, we’ve been helping millions of kids, teens and adults learn how to swim and become lifeguards and instructors. This year, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years. The new Red [...]