Poison Prevention in the Home

Aug
28

The most common emergency involving children is poisoning. In the U.S., about two million cases of exposure to poisons are reported each year. Children under five years of age are the most likely to get poisoned. They are curious and will eat and drink almost anything - even if it doesn't taste good. Poisons can occur in any room within the home. However most poisonings occur in the kitchen, bathroom, or in the bedroom and in the presence of parents or providers, when products are not in their usual storage area and are in direct reach of youngsters.

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Playground Safety

Aug
28

Each year, about 200,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for playground equipment-related injuries - an estimated 148,000 of these injuries involve public playground equipment and an estimated 51,000 involve home playground equipment. Most injuries are the result of falls - falls to the ground below equipment, but falls from one piece of equipment to another are also reported. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers the following safety tips:

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Caring for Your Pet

Aug
28

A healthy pet is a happy companion. To assure your pet's daily well being requires regular care and close attention to any hint of ill health. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offer various suggestions on how to properly care for you pet within your home. Consider the following:

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Safety with Kitchen Knives

Aug
28

A cook's best friend and most important utensil is a sharp knife. You may not notice, but through repeated use, knives become dull. Most kitchen accidents are knife-related, and dull knives are often the cause. Keep the following tips in mind when working with your kitchen knives.

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Kitchen Safety Tips

Aug
28

When you're at the store:

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Preventing Home Cooking Fires

Aug
28

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Every year people are injured and killed in fires at home than anywhere else, and cooking fires cause the most injuries by far. In fact, in 1995, 97,400 home cooking fires caused 279 civilian deaths, 4,735 civilian injuries, and $358 million in property damage. The NFPA suggests taking the following steps to prevent cooking fires in the home:

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Home Safety Checklist

Aug
28

Use the Home Safety Checklist to spot possible dangers in your home. As you find potential dangers, work with your family to eliminate those dangers and make your home safer.

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Gardening Safety Tips

Aug
28

According to the National Gardening Association, two out of three American households take part in some gardening activity each year. Chores vary regionally but include: raking leaves, transplanting trees and shrubs, planting spring-flowering bulbs and perennials, removing dead branches from trees, controlling troublesome weeds, and lawn mowing. Whether you're a master gardener or budding amateur, keep these safety tips in mind.

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Possible Injuries

Aug
28

Heart Attacks. Try to keep the person comfortable and calm until help arrives. If the patient has medications they are taking, have them available when firefighters arrive.
Serious Injuries. Do not move a seriously injured victim. Cover them with a blanket to keep them warm
Treating Shock. Have the person lying down, preferably not on the bare ground. Do not give them anything to eat or drink. Elevate the legs slightly if there are no head or back injuries and keep them warm

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Basic First Aid Tips

Aug
28

When someone is injured or suddenly becomes ill, there is usually a critical period before you can get medical treatment and it is this period that is of the utmost importance to the victim. You owe it to yourself, your family and your neighbors to know and to understand procedures that you can apply quickly in an emergency.

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