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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 16:37

Prevent Accidental Pool Drownings

Drowning is the Leading Cause of Unintentional Death in Children Under the Age of 5

This past June, life changed tragically for former Olympic alpine skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck Miller. Their 19 month-old daughter, Emmy, drowned as a result of an accident in a neighbor’s pool.

The parents talked openly about the accident during an interview on the “Today” show this week. “I can attest from first-hand experience that it’s unbelievable quick and it’s unbelievable sneaky,” Bode said. He added, “You’d think it’d be, like some weird circumstance or some strange thing. And it’s not. It just happens in the blink of an eye.” The still grieving Millers discussed their commitment to increasing awareness about drowning, which is one of the most common deaths among young children. Bode and Morgan believe it’s their obligation to help prevent this from happening to others parents. “It’s one of those things where, as a parent now,” Morgan said, “when you go to someone else’s house, survey the home to see if it’s a safe place for your child to be.”

 

Drowing Facts

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released its annual report finding that there was no significant increase in the number of reported fatal drownings in swimming pools involving children younger than five since the 2017 report. While this is good news, children under the age of five are still the most vulnerable to accidental drownings. Furthermore, the reported numbers do not include deaths related to pool accidents.

Published in Personal Safety
Friday, 20 July 2018 02:23

Preventing Heat Stroke

Avoid Heat Illness

When it’s hot outside, your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. Normally, your body cools itself when you sweat. However, in hot and humid weather, sweating many not be enough. The result can be heat stroke, or heat illness.

Prevention

Extreme heat events, or heat waves, are a leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the United States. The number of heat-related deaths is rising. For example, in 1995, 465 heat-related deaths occurred in Chicago. From 1999 to 2010, a total of 7,415 people died of heat-related deaths, an average of about 618 deaths a year. 

Heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps.

Published in Personal Safety

If you’re looking to get away, camping can be the perfect retreat. While it’s a great way to relax and enjoy Mother Nature, camping is not always the easiest adventure to prepare for. Unless you’re a minimalist camper traveling alone, you’ll need to cram a fair amount of gear into your car. Here are some ideas about how to efficiently pack a car for camping.

Precook meals. Precooking meals means you’ll need to take fewer bulky kitchen utensils and supplies with you. Prepare foods that will travel well like sandwiches, trail mix, or chili. Of course, you shouldn’t precook all food. Burgers and hot dogs are probably not the best foods to cook before your adventure.

Learn to use your fire. Using a fire to reheat or cook your meals saves you from having to lug a gas grill. Remember you’re cooking over the coals, not the flame. Ensure your coals are glowing and evenly proportioned under the grill before you start cooking.

Published in Outdoor Tips

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