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Health Tip: Teach Your Family Fire Safety

Posted 7 Nov 2016 by

-- Time is of the essence if there's a fire in your home. Make sure your family is ready to act fast in an emergency. Here's what the American Red Cross suggests: Buy an appropriate number of smoke alarms, and test them monthly. Make sure children know what smoke alarms sound like, and what to do if they hear the sound. Everyone in your home should know how to call 911 and to "stop, drop and roll" if clothing catches fire. Create a fire escape plan with two ways to escape from every room. Make sure every family member knows the plan. Designate an outdoor meeting spot for the family. Hold a fire drill twice yearly. Read more

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Health Tip: Install Smoke Detectors at Home

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

-- Installing smoke alarms in your home is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your family. The American Red Cross advises: Place smoke alarms throughout the home, including in rooms where people sleep, on each level and outside each bedroom. Make sure children know what a smoke detector sounds like, and that they know what to do if they hear one. Perform monthly tests on your devices, changing batteries at least annually. Get new smoke detectors every ten years. Never turn off a smoke detector. Don't use a carbon monoxide alarm in place of a smoke detector. They serve different purposes. Know how they both work and why both are needed. Read more

Related support groups: Burns - External, Minor Burns, Burns, Nitrogen Retention

Few Young U.S. Burn Patients Transferred to Specialized Centers

Posted 5 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 5, 2016 – Few American children with significant burns are transferred to burn centers, despite current recommendations, a new study finds. Clearer guidelines are needed on the care of pediatric burn patients, said the researchers after analyzing 2012 data from emergency departments across the United States. The investigators found that nearly 127,000 children suffered burn injuries that year, and more than half (69,000) had significant burns. That means significant burns occur to about 189 U.S. children a day. The American Burn Association recommends that children with significant burns be referred to a burn center for evaluation and care. But this study found that among children with significant burns seen at hospitals that handle few such cases, about 90 percent were treated and released from the emergency department. Four percent were admitted to the hospital and not ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Burns - External, Wound Cleansing, Wound Debridement

Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids

Posted 19 Aug 2016 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 – The day she ended up with second- and third-degree burns on her back, 4-year-old Giuliana Maggio was just busy doing what 4-year-olds do: running around the house, playing hide-and-seek during a family gathering. Giuliana never saw the electrical cord running from the wall to the hot slow cooker sitting on the kitchen table. She ran into the cord, and pulled the scalding hot contents of the slow cooker on to her small body. Fortunately, her mother is a registered nurse and knew she had to act quickly. The family called 911, and Dina Maggio immediately put her daughter in the shower to run cool water over the burned area. "As the cold water ran over her, and clothing was removed, I could see the layers of skin coming off and knew it was bad," Maggio said. The little girl had second- and third-degree burns on her arms and lower back. She was taken to Loyola ... Read more

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Newer Treatments Can Make Scars Less Scary

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – Scars can alter your appearance and remind you of a difficult time, potentially diminishing your quality of life, a skin specialist says. "While some may consider scarring to be a cosmetic concern, it can really affect patients' psychosocial health," Dr. Joseph Sobanko said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Physical appearance plays a major role in how people relate to others, so scarring that alters physical appearance – even if some would characterize it as minor – can have a negative impact on patients' quality of life," Sobanko explained. He's an assistant professor of dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Sobanko's research found that some people are more bothered than others by scarring. Young people are more bothered than most, he said. People who have scars in highly visible locations such as ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Keloids, Burns - External, Scrapes, Cesarean Section, Minor Burns, Minor Skin Conditions

Don't Let Your Campfire Become a Wildfire

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Campfires can provide the backdrop for lots of outdoor fun. But, if people are careless, those campfires can spark a damaging wildfire, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation says. So, how can you safely have a campfire? First, use existing campfire rings whenever you can. Or, if you're in a remote area, consider using a small portable stove instead of a campfire. If you can't find an existing campfire ring, take care to situate your campfire away from tree branches, steep slopes, rotten tree stumps, logs, dry grass, leaves and other vegetation that could catch fire. Extra wood should also be stored at a safe distance from a campfire site, the New York state conservation experts cautioned. The agency also provided the following safety tips for campfires: Campfires must be less than 3 feet high and 4 feet in diameter. Only charcoal or untreated ... Read more

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Don't Let Burns Spoil Your Summer Fun

Posted 8 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 – As summer kicks into high gear, be sure your fun isn't marred by fires or burns, an expert says. "Before using your grill, make sure all of the parts – including the gas tank – are in good condition. If you notice any leaks, cracks or breaks, replace the parts before using," said Dr. James Gallagher. He's director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Barbecue grills should only be used outdoors and should be at least 10 feet away from buildings, deck railings and overhanging branches, Gallagher said in a hospital news release. Use utensils with long handles, wear short or tight-fitting sleeves and have a garden hose or bucket of sand available to put out small flare-ups. Keep a fire extinguisher close by, and never leave the grill unattended, Gallagher advised. To prevent sunburn, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Laundry Room is No Place for Kids' Play

Posted 10 May 2016 by

-- The laundry room isn't a place for kids to play, but kids will be kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should: Avoid using detergent pods, and keep all cleaning products out of a child's reach. Install childproof locks on front-loading washers and dryers to prevent children from crawling inside. Clean the dryer's lint trap after each use to help prevent fires. Make sure dryers are vented outdoors to help prevent moisture buildup. Prevent tipping by forbidding children to hang on the doors of washers or dryers. Teach kids that washers and dryers are not toys. Read more

Related support groups: Poisoning, Burns - External, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Health Tip: Prevent a Chemical Emergency

Posted 9 May 2016 by

-- Preventing a chemical emergency may be as easy as following the instructions on each product's label. The American Red Cross offers these preventive suggestions: Never mix household chemicals, including ordinary cleaning products. Before you use any product, read and follow the instructions for use. Keep all chemical products away from food and out of a child's reach. Keep all chemical products away from open flames. If you spill a chemical, clean it up immediately, making sure to protect your skin and eyes. Dispose of any chemical products safely and properly. Read more

Related support groups: Poisoning, Burns - External, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Minor Burns

More Kids Burned, Hospitalized as Fireworks Sales Rules Ease

Posted 2 May 2016 by

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – There has been a sharp increase in the number of U.S. children who have been hospitalized with fireworks-related burns since sales restrictions on fireworks have been eased, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national data and found a slight increase since 2006 in the number of patients younger than 21 with fireworks-related burn injuries who were treated and released by U.S. emergency departments. But the investigators found a much larger increase in the percentage of patients in that age group who were admitted to the hospital for their burn injuries, rising from 29 percent of cases in 2006 to 50 percent in 2012. The findings are scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, in Baltimore. Research presented at meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "The increase in ... Read more

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The ABCs of Safe BBQing

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 – Barbecue season is here, and with all those well-seasoned meats also comes a risk of fires and burns, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cautions. But you can protect yourself and your family by following a number of safety guidelines. Never use propane or charcoal barbecues indoors, and keep them well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Remove fat and grease buildup from the grill and the tray below the grill. Never leave the barbecue unattended and keep children and pets away from the barbecue area. The NFPA also offers some specific safety tips for propane and charcoal barbecues. On propane barbecues, check the major connection points between the propane tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten when needed. Check the propane tank hose for leaks. ... Read more

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Scientists Grow and Transplant Functioning Skin Onto Mice

Posted 2 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – In an advance that could serve as a step toward better transplants of skin and even hair in people, Japanese researchers report that they've grown complex, functioning mouse skin. The bioengineered version of the skin contains all three layers of skin tissue along with appendage organs, such as sebaceous glands and hair follicles, the study authors reported. What's more, the newly developed skin tissue was able to form the proper connections to the muscle, fat and nerve tissue around it. Those connections allow the transplanted skin tissue to function properly, such as growing hair and releasing oils from the sebaceous glands, the researchers said. Although artificial skin is currently available, it doesn't contain functioning hair follicles or sebaceous glands, said the study's senior author Takashi Tsuji. He's a team leader with the Laboratory for Organ ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Cancer, Burns - External, Organ Transplant

Health Tip: Prevent Cooking Fires

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by

-- Most cooking fires are easily prevented if you take a few precautions. The National Fire Protection Association suggests: Stay alert. Don't cook if you're feeling drowsy or if you've had alcohol. While broiling, grilling, frying or baking, always stay in the kitchen. Set a kitchen timer to help remind you of what's cooking. If you're roasting or simmering food, stay in the kitchen and check it often. Keep your stove top clear. Be careful to keep cooking utensils, oven mitts, towels, curtains and any food packaging away from the flame or heat. Read more

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How to Prevent Home Cooking Fires

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 25, 2015 – For many families, the kitchen is a gathering place, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also where two out of five home fires start, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). There are steps you can take, however, to make sure your kitchen remains a safe place this holiday season. The ESFI provides several safety tips: Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Never leave the kitchen without turning off the stove burners first. Never leave children in the kitchen unsupervised. Keep the stovetop and oven clean. Make sure any grease and dust are removed. Don't forget to clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly. Don't store flammable items near cooking areas. Be sure towels, napkins and pot holders are not near the stovetop. Loose-fitting clothing can catch fire. ... Read more

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Don't Forget Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 – During the holidays, homes are filled with lights, glowing fires and candles, but these beautiful decorations are often a serious fire hazard, experts warn. The winter holidays result in nearly 47,000 fires and more than 500 deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. And, in many cases, Christmas trees are the source of the flames. On average, one out of every 22 home fires sparked by a festive tree claims lives, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported. The problem has gotten worse over the past 15 years. The American Red Cross said that since 2000, the number of fires the organization has responded to have increased by 10 percent. Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the holidays than at other times of the year, according to the NFPA. But, equipping homes with working smoke alarms cuts people's chances of dying in a ... Read more

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