Friday, February 24, 2012

Utah Region Heroes Event 2012

It's that time again! Time for our American Red Cross Annual Heroes Event!
Our first Heroes event for the Greater Salt Lake Area is less than 2 weeks away!
What are the Heroes events?

The annual American Red Cross Heroes Luncheon is an occasion where influential community and business leaders throughout the Salt Lake area come together to celebrate and formally honor individuals within the community who reflect the mission of Red Cross. These “everyday heroes” responded in time of need with selfless acts of courage and compassion, or risked personal injury or significant personal sacrifices to help others in need. The American Red Cross sees these individuals as Heroes, whether they are police, firefighters, children, animals or everyday people.

For information head over to our website

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Have a heart, give blood this Valentines Day!

Blood supplies are always lowest in the winter even though the need for blood is still high.
Give the gift of blood this Valentines day and help save a life!

Happy Valentines Day from your American Red Cross! ♥

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fire Safety and Prevention

In Utah the disasters your American Red Cross responds to the most are family house fires.
Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined, and affect people from all backgrounds and geographic locations.
Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from fire hazards and be prepared if a fire were to ever start in your home.
Prevention Tips
  • Smoke Alarms- make sure you have a working smoke alarm in every room. Once a month you should use the test button to check each smoke alarm. And at least once a year, all smoke alarm batteries should be replaced.
  • Be Careful of Candles- If you do light candles or incense's in your home make sure they are on s stable surface away from things that are flammable. Never leave them burning if you leave the house, the room or go to bed.
Cooking Safety

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—like pot holders, towels, plastic and clothing— away from the stove.
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and counter tops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
Be Prepared! In addition to knowing and practicing fire prevention tips, you and your family should also have a fire escape plan that you practice twice a year.

For more information on fire safety and making an escape plan click here!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Keep your heart healthy and be prepared with the Red Cross!

February is National Heart-Healthy Month, keep your heart healthy and prepare yourself for a emergency that could harm your heart by taking an American Red Cross CPR class.

Here are the five easy ways to help keep your Heart Healthy
1. Don't smoke or use tobacco
2. Exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week
3. Eat a good healthy diet
4. Maintain a healthy weight
5. Get Regular health screenings