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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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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