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Red Cross Survey Finds More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency
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By Brittani Polivka, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
 
June 14, 2010
A new Red Cross survey shows that 68 percent of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations. One in every four people say they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR.

Americans plan to be very active this summer, as the survey found that more than 40 percent will go hiking or camping and almost 75 percent will go swimming. While people expect to be on the go, the Red Cross found that many were not confident they knew what to do in an emergency - less than two-thirds felt confident helping a heat stroke victim and fewer than half could help someone with an allergic reaction to an insect or snake bite.

Previous Red Cross research found that nearly 90 percent of Americans say they want to be prepared for an emergency, but they don’t know where to start or what to do.

“With so many people camping, hiking and swimming in the Bay Area, it’s important that someone in every household get trained in CPR and first aid skills,” says Robert Taylor, health and safety expert for the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. “Learning these lifesaving skills is easier and more convenient than you might think, and Red Cross training can help people prevent and respond to life’s emergencies – big or small.”

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is offering first aid, CPR/AED, babysitting and aquatics courses throughout the summer so families can stay safe while enjoying their fun in the sun and be prepared to handle emergency situations.

This year, the Red Cross is also offering a new Wilderness and Remote First Aid course designed to teach people how to respond to emergencies when help is delayed. More information about Red Cross courses can be found here or by calling 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722).

1 Details: Telephone survey of 1,018 U.S. Adults 18 years and older on March 26-29, 2010 conducted by Infogroup | ORC. Margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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