Heat Related Illnesses

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Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness. HEATSTROKE: What to Look For – High body temperature (103°F or higher) Hot, red, dry, or damp skin Fast, strong pulse Headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Losing consciousness (passing out) What to […]

Heat Advisory – It’s Hot Outside

Man drinking water during heat wave

Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Avoid Heat Related Injuries Wear Appropriate Clothing Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go […]

Keep Your Family Safe with Fireworks

Festive fireworks on the background of the American flag.

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. Some may be legal but they are not safe. In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical […]

Remember to Look Before You Lock

Remember to look before you lock your car.

Never leave a child or pet in a hot car. Over the past 25 years, more than 940 children have died of heatstroke, because they were left or became trapped in a hot car. It’s important for everyone to understand that children are more vulnerable to heatstroke and that all hot car deaths are preventable. […]

Swimming Pool Safety

Lifebuoy by the pool

Did you know 69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water? It only takes a moment. A child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, check a fishing line or apply sunscreen. Death and injury from drownings happen every day […]

Boating Season Is Here: Are You Keeping Safe?

Birds eye view of a boat in water

Keeping everybody safe while out on the water. Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure. But boaters, swimmers, and marina staff must be aware of dangers in and around the water. Electrical hazards and carbon monoxide (CO) bring unique risks to the boating world. Learn to protect people and pets from […]

Bug Bites & Stings Leading to Anaphylaxis

Bee, Insect Stings and Bites - A Bumblebee getting nectar from yellow flower

Insect bites and bee stings are usually minor annoyances to most, but for people who are allergic to them they can cause serious reactions, including anaphylaxis. Insects that can trigger allergic reactions include honeybees, yellowjackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants. When they sting, they inject venom into the skin. A serious allergic reaction is called […]

Poison Control: Detergent Pods

Laundry detergent pod being put into the washing machine.

Detergent pods. Whether it’s for your laundry or dishwasher, detergent pods come in an array of bright colors. They’re ‘squishy’ and ‘fun sized’ and quite appealing to children, and very dangerous. While poison centers receive many calls each year about children getting into all kinds of laundry detergents, experts recognize that highly concentrated single-load liquid […]

Using CPR to Save A Life

A lady practicing cpr on a mannequin.

CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.     Hand Placement and Position When performing CPR on adults, caregivers should use both hands that are interlocked and placed between the nipples. For children […]

Be Prepared and Act Fast – How to Spot A Stroke

Be prepared and act fact- how to spot a stroke.

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults. It is also preventable and treatable. What are the signs of stroke in men and women? Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden […]