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Beware a Bolt From the Blue

Posted 6 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – They say lightning never strikes twice, but once is enough for the 47 people it kills in the United States each year. The National Weather Center calls lightning "an underrated killer, hotter than the surface of the sun." According to University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers, Nebraska alone sees an average of 773,000 lightning strikes per year. Everyone who ...

Health Tip: Microwave Safely

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

-- Microwave ovens, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, should be safe to use without risking exposure to unhealthy amounts of radiation. Burns – from hot containers, overheated food or boiling liquids – are another story. The agency offers these tips to help ensure safer use of your microwave: Follow all instructions in the manufacturer's manual. Use microwave-safe containers. ...

Don't Get Burned by Fireworks on the 4th

Posted 4 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 – Backyard fireworks and sparklers are a Fourth of July staple. They can be fun, but also dangerous, health experts warn. Knowing how to set them off safely can prevent a celebration from becoming a tragedy. And the National Safety Council advises everyone to steer clear from all consumer fireworks, and only enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by professionals. ...

July 4 Fireworks Nearly Cost This Fireman His Life

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – Fire Capt. Jay Northup lit the fuse for the intended climax of his backyard fireworks display, a pricey 12-mortar box that would create a wondrous shower of glittering lights over his neighborhood. Three of the 12 tubes went off, and then silence. A dud. "I spent $600 on that, it's going to work," recalled Northup, who serves with the Euclid Fire Department in Ohio. "I ...

Health Tip: Caring for a Minor Burn

Posted 12 Jun 2018 by

-- Most minor burns can be cared for at home without requiring a trip to the emergency room. Each year, more than 500,000 people seek help for minor household burns, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The severity of a burn depends on the area it covers and how deep the damage goes. First-degree burns affect only the thin top layer of skin. Second-degree burns include the thick lower ...

How Fire-Safe Is Your Airbnb?

Posted 8 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – If you use Airbnbs or other vacation rentals, it might be a good idea to check first on their fire safety. A new study found that while many Airbnbs in the United States had smoke alarms, less than half had fire extinguishers or first-aid kits. The research was led by Vanya Jones, of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, in Baltimore. Her team surveyed ...

Survival Odds Improving for Severe Burn Victims

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – The odds of surviving severe burns have steadily increased in recent decades, researchers report. "Remarkably, a patient up to the age of 40 who has sustained a 95 percent body burn now survives half the time, whereas in earlier times a 50 percent body burn killed that same person," Dr. David Herndon said in a news release from the American College of Surgeons. He's ...

Staying Warm, Cozy and Safe by the Fire

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by

SUNDAY, Dec. 24, 2017 – Holiday gatherings might not seem complete without a warm crackling fire, but when a get-together includes kids, safety needs to be on everyone's mind. First of all, a window should be cracked open to provide proper ventilation whenever a fire is burning, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. Then, the group suggests, take these additional steps to help avoid ...

Health Tip: Fry Your Turkey Safely

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by

-- Fried turkey has become a trendy dish for the holidays. Here are some safe-preparation suggestions, courtesy of the U.S. National Safety Council: Set up the fryer more than 10 feet from the house. Keep children away from the fryer. Locate a flat area to ensure that the oil is even and steady. Use a thawed and bare turkey. Use caution when handling the fryer lid. The handle may become very hot ...

Health Tip: Prevent Fire Deaths and Injuries

Posted 23 Nov 2017 by

-- The American Red Cross says it responds to more than 64,000 disasters annually – mostly home fires. Every day, about seven people are killed and 36 people hurt in home fires. The organization's goal is to cut these numbers by 25 percent by the year 2020. Here's what you can do to help, the Red Cross says: Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside bedrooms and outside ...

How to Stay Out of the ER This Thanksgiving

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – Taking some simple precautions can help keep you and your family healthy over the Thanksgiving holiday, says an emergency medicine expert. "A few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in news release from the ...

Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime Ones

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests. Experiments with skin cells and other cells in mice showed that daytime wounds healed about twice as fast as nighttime wounds. Then, when analyzing the wound recovery for 118 people with burn injuries, the researchers found that ...

Robots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room Soon

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Hospitals are jumping on a tech trend, enlisting the help of germ-killing robots to tackle a potentially life-threatening but preventable issue: health care-associated infections. For instance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville will begin deploying robots this month to protect hospitalized patients from harmful germs, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant ...

Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – First-degree burns are common and many can be treated at home, a dermatologist says. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, first-degree burns involve only the top layer of skin and often occur after contact with hot surfaces, like a curling iron or a stove. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. A first-degree burn may cause red and painful skin and mild swelling. ...

Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer. It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population. In a new study, researchers at the University of Ottawa ...

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