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AMERICAN RED CROSS AND McDONALD'S HELP CHILDREN AVOID SUMMER INJURIES

 CLEVELAND, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross and McDonald's restaurants in Northeast Ohio have teamed up to help reduce children's injuries this summer. They are joining Red Cross chapters and McDonald's restaurants throughout the U.S. to promote "Summer Fun & Safety" during the month of May.
 Local activities include a "Summer Fun and Safety" day, Saturday, May 22, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the McDonald's Restaurant located at 1540 E. 55th St., Cleveland.
 Activities for children ages four to 15 include: Youth canoe and kayaking boating safety demonstrations; reach and rescue water safety demonstrations; road and wheel safety information and first aid demonstrations.
 The Cleveland Fire Department Fire Safety House, a 28-foot mobile trailer, will be available for children to participate in activities demonstrating how to make their homes safe and what they can do to prepare for an emergency such as a fire. A fire truck will be on-site for all children to view with Cleveland firefighters.
 Audiovisuals, course calendars, workbooks and disaster, health, boating and water safety materials will be available for the general public.
 Children completing the "Summer Fun and Safety -- Play It Safe" activities will have their name entered for a drawing of prizes. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition for participating in the day's activities with the American Red Cross, Cleveland Firefighters and McDonald's.
 From May 7 through May 28, McDonald's is featuring a special safety pamphlet in its "Out For Fun" Happy Meal. The pamphlet highlights fun, safety-oriented games and puzzles for children, as well as timely reminders from the Red Cross on topics such as swimming, biking, skateboarding and playground safety. For parents, an adult-oriented "Summer Fun and Safety" brochure is available for free at McDonald's "Did You Know?" display.
 "For kids, the summer is a great time to be outdoors having fun," said Turan Strange, owner/operator of three Cleveland McDonald's restaurants. "With this program and activities, we hope to reach Northeast Ohioans with important information to ensure their summer is fun, and also safe."
 Summer is the peak season for child injuries occurring outside the home. Nationwide, more children die from preventable injuries than from all childhood diseases combined, and one in four suffer a preventable injury serious enough to require medical attention.
 "Experts agree that children's injuries can be significantly reduced through public awareness and education programs," said Diane Dunleavy, health services director. "By promoting the importance of safety as it relates to popular outdoor activities, the Red Cross and McDonald's hope to prevent many of these summer-related injuries."
 The Red Cross offers a variety of health and safety courses for children, including First Aid For Children Today (FACT) health promotion and injury prevention program; Basic Aid Training (BAT), a safety education program that focuses on basic first-aid techniques; and a variety of swimming and water safety courses, as well as infant and child CPR classes.
 The First Aid For Children Today (FACT) and Waddles Presents Aquacktic Safety children's workbooks are full of first aid and water safety information for children. The workbooks are available for purchase from the Cleveland Red Cross Chapter for $2.60 and $1.25, respectively. Mail orders require a minimum shipment of $5, plus shipping, handling and sales tax.
 For more information, contact Red Cross Health Services at 216-431-3010.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Carlucci Smith, associate director of public relations, American Red Cross, 216-431-3034 or 216-431-3010; Jonathan Parries, Public Education Office, Cleveland Fire Department, 216-664-6386; or Terri Dutton Drohan, vice president/director public relations, Stern Public Relations, 216-464-4850, for McDonald's Corporation/


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