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Healthy Living Tips
It's the holiday season and it’s definitely keeping us all on our toes.
We all have plenty of tips and tricks for you to keep your spirits bright and stay safe, but this year Ready Campaign thought they would share them a little differently—via a poem.
Enjoy—and have a very happy (and safe!) holiday season.
Happy Holiday Tips
The clock is ticking and we're down to the wire
Everything feels like it's just caught on fire.
But, let's be certain that isn't true
Keep your real trees watered and your plants too.
The gift list keeps growing, everyone gets a toy
Tablets, e-readers and chargers, oh boy!
There are plenty of deals out here and out there,
If you're buying online, be secure and aware.
Plenty of people with candles alight
Might want to keep them from becoming a fright.
The way to do that is to keep them away
From the things that could catch on fire some way.
The big day is near, you plan to travel some place.
But a big winter storm rears its big ugly face.
It might change your plans and keep you at home
But that's better than going out in a snow dome.
The best thing to do is sit down to a feast,
Mashed potatoes and stuffing and a big old roast beast at least.
Keep an eye on them as they sit and they stew.
That way your dinner will be sure to woo.
When the day is over, the kids all in bed.
It's time to settle into the comfy bedspread.
Turn out the holiday lights, their job is all done.
We hope your holiday's a big happy one.
Winter & Holiday risks are very different from other times of year.. right now everyone is in a holiday frenzy, but take a moment to think about Winter Risks and how to avoid them:
Holidays - we're running around in a rush, have WAY too much to do in too little time - Ugh... this is when mishaps occur - be safe and be ready.
The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:
- Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
- Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead.
- Keep an eye on food when cooking.
- Put a winter supply kit in your car.
- Shop securely online over the holidays.
Some other helpful tips, tricks, and articles:
- Holiday Health and Safety Tips
- Winter Weather Safety
- Winter Care For Your Car
- Snot a fun way to spend the Holidays!
- Holiday Preparedness Toolkit
- Holiday Lights and Decorations
- Prepare to make the next winter storm safe for everyone.
The CDC says that most repellents can be used on children aged >2 months. Protect infants aged <2 months from mosquitoes by using an infant carrier draped with mosquito netting with an elastic edge for a tight fit. Products containing OLE specify that they should not be used on children aged <3 years. Other than the safety tips listed above, EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on children or on pregnant or lactating women.
Industry leaders say Pregnant or lactating women should use the physical barriers described above to prevent contact with ticks. They may also consider having their OUTER clothing treated with Ben's® Clothing and Gear according to the label instructions. Ben's® Clothing and Gear provides 2 weeks of protection to clothing and gear. Other than the routine precautions, because there are too few studies conducted to examine the effects on infants of a mothers transdermal exposure to insect repellents, the EPA does not recommend specific precautions for using registered repellents on pregnant or lactating women. We recommend that you contact your physician with questions.
It's hot across the U.S. and folks are out traveling for summer break. Download the FEMA app for free on the App Store and Google Play to stay cool and know ahead of time when extreme heat and other severe weather is on the way. Add up to five locations to include your upcoming travel destinations, and watch over family and friends out-of-town. The FEMA app also provides other safety tips to help you stay prepared:
- What to pack in an emergency kit with an interactive checklist.
- What to do to stay safe before, during, after each type of emergency.
- Where to go with directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person if disaster strikes.
It's summertime and the eating is easy—too easy.
- Ka-BOOM – Hear the Thunder? Hide.
- Happy Summer – Are you Ready for Summer Safety, Summer Sun and More?
Cholesterol and excess weight are serious health risks that you can avoid to live a longer, healthier life:
- Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, High Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure
- Every Kid Healthy™
- Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
Here are four fixes from the CDC for avoiding temptation this summer.
• A tennis ball or baseball = about 1 cup (or use your clenched fist as a rough estimate). This measure is useful for scoopable sides (think: potato, pasta and bean salads). If you’re trying to keep a cap on calories, aim for 1 cup total of these side dishes.
• Your cell phone (provided you’ve upgraded since 1999) = about 3 ounces meat. (The other oft-cited reference for 3 ounces of meat is a deck of cards.) This measure is useful for steak, chicken and fish.
• Your thumb = about 1 tablespoon. This measure comes in handy when you’re trying to estimate dressing or a spread. Most full-fat salad dressings have 50 to 100 calories per tablespoon (creamy ones fall toward the higher end); mayo (at 100 calories per tablespoon) is another one to watch. Choose reduced-fat varieties, which usually have half the calories, whenever you can.
Fix #2: Fill up on vegetables first.
• Eat loads of green salad—with a couple of tablespoons of dressing, preferably one that’s lower in fat.
• Crunch on the crudités—go easy on dips—instead of chips.
Fix #3: “Prioritize” your favorite food—like this.
• If you’re dying for a big cheeseburger, get in line at the grill. Stick with a green salad or grilled vegetables and fruit as sides.
• Not so big on buns? Go for grilled chicken, fish or tofu on top of greens and spend that starch serving on a scoop of the creamy potato salad you truly love.
• Have a piece of lean protein (chicken, fish), grilled vegetables and a healthy side (1/2 cup or so of baked beans or a bean salad) so you can indulge on dessert.
Fix #4: When you’re finished, go play.
• Start tossing a ball with the kids.
• Rally the adults to play badminton or some other outdoor game. The point is to have fun and enjoy some physical activity to pull yourself away from the table.
Read the Drug Facts label to see if the product you’re using for these conditions has aspirin, especially if you have a risk factor for bleeding.
The next time you reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) product to treat your upset stomach or heartburn, consider whether you should use one of the many antacids that don’t have aspirin.
Why? Aspirin-containing medicines to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, especially in some people, warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Cases of bleeding are rare. In 2009, FDA issued a warning about serious stomach bleeding risk with aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Despite that warning, when FDA reviewed its Adverse Event Reporting System database, it found eight new cases of serious bleeding caused by aspirin-containing antacid products since that 2009 warning. Some of those patients required a blood transfusion.
“Take a close look at the Drug Facts label, and if the product has aspirin, consider choosing something else for your stomach symptoms,” says Karen Murry Mahoney, MD, Deputy Director of the Division of Nonprescription Drug Products at FDA. “Unless people read the Drug Facts label when they’re looking for stomach symptom relief, they might not even think about the possibility that a stomach medicine could contain aspirin.”
Mahoney adds: “Today we’re focusing on bleeding risk specifically with antacid-aspirin products used to treat upset stomach or heartburn. We’re not telling people to stop taking aspirin altogether.”
How will you know what OTC medicine to take to get relief from indigestion? Again, it’s important to read the Drug Facts label. It will tell you if the product contains aspirin, and it lists the risk factors for bleeding. If the medicine has aspirin, consider looking for something else. There are plenty of stomach medicines that don’t contain aspirin.
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Did you know that WEA – Wireless Emergency Alerts include heat alerts?
Heat Watches and Warnings:
The National Weather Service (NWS) issues heat advisories and excessive heat warnings when unusual periods of hot weather are expected.
Heat Out looks:
The potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next 3-7 days.
Excessive Heat Watches:
Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours.
Excessive Heat Warning and Advisory:
Issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions.
When the NWS issues an Excessive Heat Warning, plan to stay indoors in an air conditioned space as much as possible and limit your exposure to the sun. When at home, stay on the lowest floor because cooler air sinks. Warmer air rises. Do not use the stove or oven to cook because it raises the indoor temperature.
This is Extreme Heat Week.
With Summer around the corner, it is time to think about safety in the sun, and preventing heat-related illness.
Some helpful articles include:
- HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY.
- Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
- Tips on preventing heat-related illness
- Outdoor and Construction Worker Heat Safety
- Recognizing and Treating Heat Exhaustion
- Bugs and Heat – Where's the Relief?
- Heat Wave
- First Aid in response to various kinds of Heat Stress.
- Heat: A Major Killer
- Excessive Heat
- Death by Heat
- The Symptoms of Heat Disorders and Summer Safety Rules
- How to differentiate between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
- Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot