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    Monthly Archives: March 2013

    • Hidden Dangers of Spring Cleaning

      With the arrival of longer, warmer days, you probably already have a list of spring cleaning projects, home repairs, and yard work to do. But every year, injuries from tools, ladders, and power tools lead to more than 350,000 emergency room visits. And those household cleaning supplies you’ll use for spring cleaning are responsible for some of the most common poison exposures for children.

      So whether you’re working inside the house, up on the roof, or out in the yard, there are important safety rules to keep in mind and a First Aid Kit nearby.

      Clean your house the safer way
      Keep children (and yourself) safe from caustic chemicals and noxious fumes:

      • Label all containers used to store cleaning solutions, even if they only contain water.Clean
      • Never store cleaning solutions in food containers.
      • Follow the safety recommendations of cleaning products, such as wearing rubber gloves and working in a well-ventilated area.
      • Never leave cleaning products unattended with small children or pets. If you leave the room, take the cleaning products with you or put them away out of reach.
      • Don’t mix cleaning solutions; some chemical products can create a poisonous gas when mixed, such as bleach and ammonia.
      • Properly store all yard and pool chemicals and household cleaners out of the reach of children and pets.
      • Know about poison first aid

      Yard work safety
      Before you start your mower or climb a ladder, keep these safety pointers in mind:

      • kid lawnIf you’re using power tools, check the cord for fraying and the rest of the tool for cracks or other damage.
      • Never carry a power tool around by the cord, and when you unplug it, grasp the plug instead of yanking the cord.
      • Start your lawnmower outdoors, not in your garage or shed, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
      • Keep children far away from lawnmowers and power equipment.
      • Work from the ground whenever possible, but in situations where a ladder is necessary, make sure it’s secure. Read your ladder’s height and weight limits before use. For every 4 feet of ladder height, the bottom of the ladder should be 1 foot away from the wall it’s leaning against.
      • Don’t use a gas- or electric-powered mower on wet grass, and store your mower and all power tools in a dry place.
      • Wear safe clothing for yard work: boots or heavy shoes, long (but not loose) pants, safety goggles, ear protection, and a face mask if needed.
      • Don’t forget the sunscreen and/or bug repellent  You might not think yard work is a picnic, but the bugs do.

      The weather is finally getting nice enough to open your windows and spend some time outdoors, but don’t let spring fever cause you to make careless and dangerous mistakes. Enjoy your spring cleaning the safe way!

      Source: http://www.updatefrom.com/phs/1303/spotlight.asp?NewsletterEdition=Regular

    • The US government shows how to eat your favorite foods to be healthy!

      March is Nutrition Month 2013 is that there’s no one way to eat healthy.

      However, there are some simple dietary guidelines that Health.gov recommends everyone follow:

      • Balance calorie intake with physical activity: If you move less, eat less.
      • Eat more of the right foods: fruits and vegetables, whole grains (like brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and popcorn), seafood, and low-fat dairy foods.
      • Reduce your intake of refined grains, trans fat, saturated fat, added salt and sugar, and cholesterol.
      • Replace some of the sugary drinks in your diet with water.

      HealthyBut following these guidelines doesn't have to mean a complete overhaul of your diet. Just choose healthier versions of some of the foods you already love and add more fruits and veggies to go with them.

      If you need more nutritional inspiration, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. This government resource offers tips for healthy eating on a budget, weight management information, and educational materials as well as sample menus, recipes, and daily food plans.

      Read How to Eat What You Love and Be Healthier

    • Are you Ready for a Tsunami? National Tsunami Awareness Week: March 24-30, 2013

      Schools, playgrounds, hospitals, factories and homes are often built in areas vulnerable to tsunamis. The TsunamiReady Program, developed by the National Weather Service, is designed to help cities, towns, counties, universities and other large sites in coastal areas reduce the potential for disastrous tsunami-related consequences.

      National Tsunami Awareness Week: March 24-30, 2013

      Tsunami Hazard ZoneTsunamiReady™ Helps Communities at Risk

      Since June 20, 2001, TsunamiReady has helped community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local operations. TsunamiReady communities are better prepared to save lives through better planning, education and awareness. Communities have fewer fatalities and property damage if they plan before a tsunami arrives. No community is tsunami proof, but TsunamiReady can help minimize loss to your community. Find out what's involved in becoming TsunamiReady.

      TSUNAMI VIDEO

      TSUNAMI PUBLICATIONS AND SIGNS

      Need more information? Interested in becoming TsunamiReady? Contact Us

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      Creating a Weather-Ready Nation: When Seconds Count, TsunamiReady™ Communities are Prepared Creating a Weather-Ready Nation: When
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    • Poison & Poisoning - Free Tips and Advice

      Are you prepared for dealing with a poisoning issue?

      The days of Syrup of Ipecac are long gone.

      Every day, 87 people in the U.S. die as a result of unintentional poisoning and more than 2,200 are treated in emergency rooms. Most of these poisonings occur in people's homes.

      Get tips to prevent poisonings, including:

      Download and print this Handy Poison Control Center Number! Download and print this Handy Poison Control Center Number!
      • Never take larger or more frequent doses of your medications to try to get faster or more powerful effects.
      • Turn on a light when you give or take medicines at night so that you know you have the right medicine and the correct amount.
      • Keep medicines and chemicals in their original bottles or containers.
      • To keep young children safe, store all medicines and household products up and out of sight and reach.
      • Secure the child safety cap every time you use a medicine.
      • Do not refer to medicine as "candy."
      • Get more tips...

      Call 911 if a poison victim has collapsed or isn't breathing. If the victim is awake and alert, call the Poison Help line a 1-800-222-1222.

    • Did you know more than 9,000 people became sick with tuberculosis (TB) disease in the US last year?

      Guarding Against Tuberculosis

      • In 2012, more than 9,000 people became sick with tuberculosis (TB) disease in the United States.
      • March 24 is World TB Day, raising awareness of this infectious disease and the need to improve testing and treatment among high-risk populations.
      • CDC offers free TB educational materials and TB Personal Stories that highlight experiences of people treated for this life-threatening disease.
      TB - Learn about Tuberculosis TB - Learn about Tuberculosis

      Tuberculosis

      Consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.
      Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious bacterial infection that involves the lungs. It may spread to other organs.
    • NEW Graduation Requirement - CPR

      State after State is considering making CPR Training (& First Aid?) a requirement for Graduation... ArizonaFloridaGeorgia, Nebraska, North CarolinaOregonSouth CarolinaTexasUtah, and Virginia are among the many States considering, or those which have Medical Aidalready passed legislation requiring CPR to graduate from High School.

      American CPR Training advocates live, hand-on CPR, First Aid & AED Training for every school, workplace, and group.

      Read about it at First Aid Mart Blog & York News Times

    • Free CPR & First Aid Videos!

      A new CPR training video from Arizona Health Science Center, shows the latest thinking in how to perform CPR.

      Here is the CPR video.

      Here's another one - an exceptional free 22 minute free First Aid Video "How to Use a First Aid Kit... What Your First Aid Course Didn't Teach You"
      Now you can learn CPR From the above Video and First Aid from this one below!

      Free First Aid Video Free First Aid Video
    • Gym Employees save 72 year old with CPR and Ready to Roll AED!

      Fire officials are crediting the quick work of two health club employees with saving a Pasadena man's life Friday morning in Millersville.

      Fire officials said a 72-year-old man collapsed while playing racquetball. Employees Kevin Davis and Chuck Newby found the man not breathing and without a pulse.The incident took place shortly before 8 a.m. at the Severna Park Raquetball and Fitness Club, located in the 8500 block of Veterans Highway.

      Davis began CPR as Newby assisted, fire officials said.

      The employees then applied a shock using a Automatic External Defibrillator, or AED, to the man with no response. READ MORE

      Does your Gym or workplace have an AED?

      An AED in every Home…
      An AED in every Business…
      An AED in every Public Place…

      An AED wherever tragedy may strike.

      AEDGrant.com ~
      Providing Funding to Empower America in Deploying these Critical Lifesaving Devices...

      Everyone needs to know CPR - and it is not expensive to learn. American CPR Training teaches group classes at your location from as low as $16.50 per Student for full 2 year Adult, Child & Infant CPR - anywhere in the USA!
      Or if you don't have a group of 4 or more, they have an awesome program to learn CPR at Home (including CPR Manikins!)

      The national group American CPR Training is teaching their new easy C.A.R.E. CPR™ Their website says:
      American CPR Training™ ~ America's Favorite CPR, AED & First Aid Training™ is more than just the Leader in Safety Training throughout the US, Canada, & Mexico... American CPR Training is ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™

      On this subject though - it is important, too, that everyone consider the importance of AEDs - CPR doesn't generally really "Resuscitate" as the name would imply, but rather maintains stasis until an AED or other advanced lifesaving practices are applied.
      Consider the National AED Grant program at www.AedGrant.com - they provide funding assistance for getting AEDS.

    • What's New on the Women's Health

      New Women's Health updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

      • Contraceptive Methods Women Have Ever Used: United States, 1982 -2010
      • Effects of Diabetes on a Female
      • New Tools Available for CDC’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010
      • Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) in Pregnant Women - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2012

      Information has recently been updated and is now available.

    • New treatment for Migraine Headaches approved by FDA!

      Those that suffer from Migraine Headaches may have new relief.

      The FDA announced that they have approved the sale of a "patch" to offer pain treatment for these debilitating ailments.

      Do You Suffer from Migraines? Do You Suffer from Migraines?

      In January 2013, FDA approved an acute medication that uses a widely-prescribed drug for treating migraines (sumatriptan, name brand Imitrex), but delivers the drug through a new mechanism — a transdermal system in the form of a patch that can be wrapped around a patient's upper arm or thigh. (Transdermal drug delivery is absorption through the skin.)

      Read more at the FDA, or Download the Article.

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