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Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe During the Holidays

Posted 13 days ago by

-- A host of new hazards for young children creep up during the holidays. Here are suggestions for parents and caregivers to help keep kids safe, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Supervise young children at all times, particularly when they are eating and playing. Make sure any choking hazards, harmful drinks, household chemicals and toys are kept where children can't reach them. Monitor that children play with toys safely. Learn how to help a child who is choking. Set safety rules. Read more

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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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Tips for Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 – Trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples and costume parties are just a few things kids love about Halloween, but holiday fun can put them at risk, health experts warn. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers parents these tips to help keep Halloween safe and fun: Beware of sugar overload. Don't trick-or-treat on an empty stomach. Make sure your children have a light meal or healthy snack before heading out. Keep an eye out for candy tampering. Always check kids' candy before letting them eat it. Discard anything that looks discolored or odd, has pinholes or torn wrappers. Avoid allergy triggers. Teach kids with allergies to search for allergens on the ingredients list of any treats they receive. They should never eat home-baked goods. Remove choking hazards. Very young children should not be allowed to have treats that could cause choking, such as ... 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

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, Burns - External, Keloids, 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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Health Tip: Be Smart During a Power Outage

Posted 15 Jul 2016 by

-- Power outages can be dangerous if you don't follow safety precautions. The Red Cross suggests: Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Food generally will last inside these unpowered appliances for four hours. Unplug electronics and other electrical equipment. This will protect the equipment against electrical surges when power returns. Keep one light plugged in and turned on so you can see when power is restored. Avoid travel, particularly by car, since traffic lights may not be working. If you use a generator, make sure you carefully follow the product's instructions. Never run a generator inside the home. Read more

Related support groups: Infectious Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Minor Burns, Prevention of Fractures

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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Handle Fireworks With Care on the Fourth

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – Americans love fireworks, especially on the Fourth of July, but experts warn they can be dangerous if not used safely. About 10,500 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospitals in 2014, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And nearly 400 people lose sight in one or both eyes every year due to fireworks injuries. Dr. Priscilla Fowler is an assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "I've seen too many injuries related to fireworks, and many of these occur in children and innocent bystanders, and result in permanent vision loss," Fowler said in a university news release. And Dr. Jay McCollum, director of emergency services at the university's Eye Hospital, suggested that "it's better to just leave the fireworks alone and go to a show . . . and let the professionals do it. ... Read more

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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

Related support groups: Burns - External, Minor Burns

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

Related support groups: Burns - External, Minor Burns

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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