Summer Safety Tips

Safety in Baseball and Softball

Each year, more than 125,000 baseball and softball players under age 15 are injured badly enough to seek treatment in hospital emergency departments. Hundreds of thousands of adults receive minor injuries in these sports. Many of the injuries can be prevented if...

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The Aftermath of a Tornado

Since tornadoes are often spawned from thunderstorms, there is usually a heavy downpour of rain after the tornado passes, even though there may be no rain present during the actual tornado. Flooding is a very real possibility. There may also be damaging hail. Often,...

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Measuring the Strength of a Tornado

According to the NOAA’s National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center website (http://www.spc.noaa.gov), The Fujita Scale, designed to measure the intensity and area of a tornado, was introduced in 1971. Since then, the F-Scale has become a part of the record of...

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Warning Signs of Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest can occur without easily recognizable symptoms and a person may appear to just “drop.” If the arrest is a result of a heart attack, the victim may have experienced severe, “crushing” chest pain beforehand, or may have only experienced vague symptoms,...

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Who is Susceptible to Lead Poisoning?

Children are most vulnerable to lead poisoning for the reasons listed below. The brain and neurological system of children continues to develop for several years after birth. Lead interferes with this developmental growth. Young children are frequently putting objects...

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Preventing Falls in the Kitchen

Kitchens require special attention to avoid falls and accidents. Some rearrangement may be required for safety. Move often-used items to lower shelves or into an accessible pantry. If you must climb for seldom-used items, use a sturdy stepladder with a handle or a...

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Some Facts About Club Drugs

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) Slang or Street Names: Ecstasy, XTC, X, Adam, Clarity, Lover's Speed MDMA was developed and patented in the early 1900's as a chemical precursor in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Chemically, MDMA is similar to the stimulant...

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Tornado Watches and Warnings

National Weather Service personnel use information gathered from Doppler weather radar, tornado spotters and other sources to issue severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings. When a severe thunderstom watch is issued, it means conditions are right for these...

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Not Breathing, No Pulse

If a person is not breathing and has no pulse, you need to seek emergency help immediately and be prepared to help the victim until emergency help arrives. Note: Below is a brief description of the steps in CPR. The information is not intended as a substitute for...

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

It's a deadly gas that you can't see or smell  -- it's carbon monoxide, and at high levels it can kill you within minutes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances that burn fuel are...

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