Electrical Safety

Aug
28

Electricity is an important part of our lives that cannot be taken for granted. Electricity must be treated with caution and respect. Practice safety precautions and these following tips to remain safe:

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Preventing Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning in the Home

Aug
28

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and deadly gas. When exposed to CO, it restrains your blood's capacity to carry oxygen throughout the body, actually suffocating your tissues and organs. CO can escape into your home's air through a faulty furnace, wood-burning stove, range, water heater, fireplace, or any device that burns combustible fuel. CO poisonings from fuel-burning appliances kill at least 200 people a year and send more than 5,000 people to hospital emergency rooms.

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Tips for Exercising Success

Aug
28

A U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health says that physical activity helps prevent and treat heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. Being active can help reduce other major risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Before starting an exercise routine, see your doctor for a medical evaluation. Following are some tips to get you started:

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Prevent Back Injuries

Aug
28

Back pain is second only to the common cold on the list of reasons Americans go to the doctor. Sprains and strains to the back are preventable. Unfortunately, most people don't worry about their back until it's already hurting them. It's important to start treating your back properly right away. Take the following steps to protect your back.

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Baby-Proofing Your Home

Aug
28

Taking the time to "baby-proof" your home can help avoid many preventable home injuries. Parents, grandparents, baby sitters, and others that the baby frequently visits should complete a thorough home inspection for potential hazards. Suffocation, falls and burns are among the leading causes of child fatalities in the home. It's important you take the following precautions to properly baby-proof your home.

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Tips for the Trail

Aug
28

Before starting out, do warm-up exercises. Stretching gradually increases heart rate, temperature and circulation to your muscles. Also, after a night's rest, your muscles need warming. Stretching gets the body going and increases your flexibility.
Start out slowly, gradually increasing your pace and distance traveled
Let the slowest person in your hiking, paddling, and biking or cross-country skiing party set the pace. This is especially important when children are a apart of your group.

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Be Safe while Operating Lawn & Garden Equipment

Aug
28

Each spring and summer, millions of people follow the annual path to lawn and garden care. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging people to use caution and common sense when tending their lawns and gardens. According to CPSC statistics, each year about 400,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries from lawn and garden tools. According to CPSC chairperson Anne Brown, "Consumers must do their part to care for their own safety.

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Preparing for an Earthquake

Aug
28

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life. Take the following steps for proper preparation before an earthquake strikes.

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Preparing for a Disaster

Aug
28

Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. What would you do if basic services - water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? Families can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best defense and your responsibility. Follow these steps for disaster preparedness.

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Preventing Dog Bites

Aug
28

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 4.7 million are bitten by dogs each year. Their instincts tell them to chase prey, guard their territory, protect their young, and defend themselves when cornered. Dogs communicate with the only tools they have - their bodies, a range of verbal sounds, and their teeth. Most dog bites are reported as "unprovoked." However, something causes a dog to bite, and victims are often taken by surprise. There are ways to protect yourself. Here's how:

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