- Swim on lifeguard-protected beaches within the designated swimming areas. Obey all instructions and orders from the lifeguard.
- If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm and never fight against the current. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
- If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arm and yelling for help.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
- If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the victim something that floats such as a lifejacket, cooler or inflatable ball. Yell instructions on how to escape the current. Remember,
- many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
- Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
- Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) This Labor Day weekend, the American Red Cross encourages those who plan to enjoy the holiday not to forget about safety whether on vacation or in your own backyard. At the beach, hurricanes far out at sea pose a particular threat to swimmers with dangerous surf and rip currents on both the East and West Coast. Take a minute to review the Red Cross safety tips below.