Winter Safety Tips

How do Drugs Affect Driving?

Drugs – whether prescription, over-the-counter or illegal drugs – can impair necessary driving skills including vision, reaction time, judgment, hearing, and simultaneous task processing/accomplishment. Driving requires other cognitive skills, such as information...

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Injuries That Involve Bleeding

Bleeding can involve minor cuts and scrapes or may be caused by major puncture wounds or injuries. Most injuries can be treated at home or in an urgent care facility, but if someone is bleeding uncontrollably, call 911.Classifications of Bleeding CAPILLARY - Small...

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Fire Safety Tips: Fire Hazards and Clothing

Most fibers used in clothing can burn, some more quickly than others. A significant number of clothing fires occur in the over 65 age group, principally from nightwear (robes, pajamas, nightgowns). The severity of apparel burns is high. Hospital stays average over one...

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Common Household Items that are Harmful to Animals

There are many common products in the home that are poisonous to pets. Some examples include:   Most human medications, including Tylenol, ibuprofen and insulin. A variety of types of acids and alkalis are found in auto batteries and small batteries, cleaning...

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What Should You Do if You Suspect a Poisoning?

If you suspect a poisoning, you need to act quickly. When you know the source of the toxic exposure, use the guidelines below to plan your response. Poisonous Fumes or Gases Immediately carry or drag the person to fresh air. Minimize your exposure to the fumes. If the...

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Fire Safety Tips: Safely Storing Flammable Liquids

One of the major causes of household fires is flammable liquids. These include gasoline, acetone, benzene, lacquer thinner, alcohol, turpentine, contact cements, paint thinner, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid. The most dangerous of all is gasoline. Fire Safety...

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Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal is a light, finely divided, tasteless, black powder that “ties-up” the poison and keeps the poison from hurting your body. Activated charcoal has been found to be the best first aid choice for many poisons. But it does NOT work on every poison. If...

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Choking

Choking   In adults, choking is usually caused by food lodged in the throat or windpipe. Victims will instinctively grab at the throat and may panic, wheeze or gasp for breath. If a person can cough and speak and has normal skin color, he or she is getting air...

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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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