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Health Tip: Have a Fire Escape Plan

Posted 17 days ago by

-- A home fire is reported every 86 seconds, the U.S. National Safety Council says. Cooking equipment is the primary cause of fires, followed by heating equipment, smoking, electrical problems and children playing with matches and candles. The agency offers this advice to help keep your home safe from fire: Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at home. Change the batteries at least ...

Who Faces Big Threat From Wildfires? The Answer May Surprise You

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – When wildfires strike, minority communities are especially vulnerable, a new study finds. "A general perception is that communities most affected by wildfires are affluent people living in rural and suburban communities near forested areas," said study lead author Ian Davies. "But there are actually millions of people who live in areas that have a high wildfire potential ...

Instant-Soup Burns Send Almost 10,000 Kids to ERs Each Year

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Many kids love a quick bowl of instant soup or tasty noodles, but these fast foods cause almost 10,000 scald burns in children each year in the United States, a new study estimates. What's more, researchers found that two out of every 10 scald burns that send kids to the ER are caused by microwavable instant soup spills. "We suspect that, in terms of risk, parents may ...

Smoke Alarm With Mom's Voice Wakes Children Faster

Posted 25 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 – Young children are more likely to be awakened by a smoke alarm that uses their mother's voice than one with a typical high-pitched alarm, a new study finds. The mother's voice alarm also resulted in much quicker escape times. "Children are remarkably resistant to awakening by sound when asleep," explained study co-author Dr. Mark Splaingard, director of the Sleep ...

Health Tip: Using a Home Fireplace

Posted 17 Oct 2018 by

-- Many homeowners enjoy relaxing by a hot fire at the end of a cold day. But a crackling fire can lead to a disaster, especially if there are small kids at home and some basic safety rules aren't followed, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Here are the academy's suggestions for safer use of your home fireplace: If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire burns. Make sure the ...

Beware a Bolt From the Blue

Posted 13 Sep 2018 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 ...

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