Accidents and other emergency medical situations requiring blood don’t stop happening just because it’s summer and people are on holiday. With the summer months quickly approaching, the American Red Cross has announced a blood donor drive now to help it maintain a stable supply of blood throughout summer.
Because people go on vacations throughout the summer, the Red Cross usually sees a decline in the number of blood donors. Its campaign to get blood donations now, ahead of summer, gives prospective donors the opportunity to give blood now before they head out on their holidays.
There are multiple ways for Tifton residents to schedule an appointment to donate blood for the summer months:
- See the blood donation opportunities in Tifton posted in the Tifton Gazette
- Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App
- Visit RedCrossBlood.org
- Call the Red Cross at 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
- Enable the Blood Donor Skill on your Alexa Echo device
Summer Driving and Road Trip Safety Tips
It’s exciting to finally be taking your family on that summer road trip. But before you head out with your loved ones, take the time to familiarize yourself with some summer driving and road trip safety tips that will help keep you and your family safe.
Prevent heatstroke. It can be tempting to leave your child alone in the car for a few minutes while you run in to grab some essentials at a road trip pit stop. But heatstroke is a very real danger. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), a child’s body temperature rises three to five times as rapidly as an adult’s. This means their core body temperature can reach fatally high levels quickly. A child left in a hot car can die within minutes.
Be careful when backing up. The time to be alert and drive safely begins from the moment you begin backing out of your driveway. During the summer, children frequently play outside, and they can become so absorbed in their play that they’re unaware of the cars around them.
Keep an emergency roadside kit in your car. Don’t head out for your trip without first making sure your car is well stocked with safety and emergency essentials. Some important items for your kit include a cell phone (to call for help) and a cell phone charger, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and car jumper cables.
Service your car beforehand. Prevention is much better than dealing with a breakdown miles away from your holiday destination. Before you start on your road trip, you should make sure your car has had all recommended routine maintenance done on it, such as oil changes and battery checks.
Contact a Tifton Injury Lawyer Today
Accidents can happen regardless of the season, especially if you’re logging long miles on the road to get to your holiday destination. If your family road trip has been cut short because of an accident, a Tifton injury lawyer at Hudson Injury Firm can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.