Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pokemon Go Safety

5 Safety Tips for Playing Pokemon Go  
Are you a part of the Pokemon Go craze?  We have a few tips that help you stay safe while you catch your creatures all across your hometown. 

  1. Be aware of your surroundings Looking at your phone while catching Pokemon can make you less aware of what’s going on around you, and more prone to accidents that could easily be avoided.  
    To avoid an accident, watch where you walk and stay away from hazardous areas.  There have been cases of people walking into traffic and even someone walking off of a cliff due to lack of focus - it is best to stop walking and move to the side when you are looking at your phone screen.  Also, remember to always put down your phone while crossing the street to reduce the chance of being hit by a car.  Pokemon can wait!  

    Download our First Aid App or join a First Aid class to be prepared in case an accident happens.

  2. Stay in Safe Places Catching Pokemon requires you to do a lot of walking and moving around.  While this may be a great way to get some exercise and discover new places across South Carolina, it may cause you to be outside at night or go to unfamiliar areas.  Pokemon Go may be just a game, but real dangers could be lurking anywhere.   
    If you go outside at night, remember to always have a buddy and a flashlight with you.  You can download our Emergency App to access a flashlight, strobe light or an alarm in case an emergency occurs.

  3. Use Safety Features Some gamers are not aware that they have the option to change the camera settings.  By removing the camera capabilities of the app, you can stabilize the Pokemon once you click on them, so you don’t have to spin around to catch them.  
    Tip: Catching the Pokemon only requires liking the circle it’s in.  You don’t have to venture closer to it if the environment does not seem safe.

  4. Never Use Your Phone While Driving Remember that it is never safe to use your phone wile driving, even to catch Pokemon!  Bring a passenger along who can do the catching for you, or take public transportation.  Follow our Highway Safety Guide for more safe driving tips. 

  5. Be Careful Outside in the Heat We should all be well aware of the extreme temperatures South Carolina is capable of reaching.  It is best that you keep track of the amount of time you’re spending in the sun playing the game.  To avoid heat exhaustion and any other complications, be sure to drink lots of water, use sunscreen and wearing a hat for extra protection from the sun.  Our Heat Safety Checklist can help you prepare you for dealing with our summertime weather. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donations to address significant shortage

During the past few months, blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what is needed. The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, asking all eligible donors to give now to help replenish the low supply.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

How to Help
Visit a blood donation center:
American Red Cross Mount Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

American Red Cross West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Find a blood drive in your neighborhood:
The Red Cross hosts blood drives almost every day in communities throughout the tri-county area. To find a blood drive near you, visit redcrossblood.org and type in your zip code. These blood drives, hosted by corporate, community, and faith-based partners, offer a variety of times and locations for you to donate blood.

Make an appointment to donate:
To schedule an appointment or find one of the local blood drives, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Blood donors play an integral role in the delivery of modern healthcare. Many life-saving medical treatments and procedures involve blood transfusions and would not be possible without a safe and reliable blood supply. Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 11-year-old Mae Rainey, who needs regular blood transfusions as part of her treatment for a blood disorder.

If you have never donated blood, please consider doing so. If you already donate blood, thank you!