Red Cross offers 4th of July safety tips

Red Cross offers 4th of July safety tips


The American Red Cross offered safety tips for the Fourth of July weekend. They include:

Buckle seat belts; observe speed limits; do not drink and drive; pay full attention to the road, don’t use a cell- phone or text; use caution in work zones; clean the vehicle’s lights and windows; turn the headlights on as dusk approaches and during inclement weather.

Never give fireworks to small children; always follow the instructions on the packaging; keep a supply of water close by as a precaution; make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection; light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a dud; never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use; never grill indoors 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 long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

Learn-to-swim program openings


There are still openings in certain age groups for the American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley/Warren City Schools Summer 2014 learn-to-swim program is underway at the Warren G. Harding High School pool. Registration is open to all. Children need not attend Warren schools.

The lessons consist of four two-week sessions (Monday through Thursday) for children age 3-12. All registration is through the Warren City Schools. The cost is $30 per student per session, and paid registration is requested prior to the first day of class. Limited scholarships are available. All preschool programs require an adult in the water with the child. Call 330-392-2551 for more information.

Registration forms are available from: Warren City Schools Administration Building, 105 High St. NE, Warren, OH 44481; Warren G. Harding High School main office, 860 Elm Road NE, Warren, OH 44483, or American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley, 3530 Belmont Ave Suite 7, Youngstown, OH 44505. A form may also be downloaded from the Warren City School’s web site at

Akron Children’s receives grant


Akron Children’s Hospital has received a five-year, $467,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the optimal treatment for children with convergence insufficiency and attention-reading disability, a common combination of vision disorders.

With convergence insufficiency, the eyes do not turn in easily, and these children may have trouble with reading and doing close work. Convergence insufficiency affects 5 to 10 percent of school-age children.

The one-year Convergence Insufficiency Treatment: Reading and Attention Trial will study about 324 9- to 12-year-olds nationwide, 35 from Akron Children’s, who have convergence insufficiency and attention-related problems. The study will attempt to determine if improvement in their convergence insufficiency leads to improved attention and reading performance. Office and home treatment will be compared to a placebo treatment.

For information, contact Tonia Polanski, in Akron Children’s Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, at 330-543-4466.

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