Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BBQ Safety Tips

Grilling is something many people enjoy doing, especially in the summer months. Unfortunately, grilling can also be a risky and dangerous activity. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2007-2011, gas grills were involved in an average of 7,200 home fires annually. Charcoal and other solid-fueled grills constituted an average of 1,400 home fires annually.

The following are a few safety tips that may help prevent a home fire or injury when using a grill:

When using your grill, always keep it at least 10 feet away from your house or any trees.

Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing has a higher chance of catching fire.

Have a fire extinguisher within reach in the event of an out-of-control or accidental fire. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, have a hose ready.

If you intend to grill on a wooden deck, wet down the area thoroughly before you start cooking.

Avoid using lighter fluid. Not only is lighter fluid not good for flavor, it can be very dangerous if you attempt to add it to charcoal that is already hot.

Keep alcohol away from the grill as its very flammable.

Keep children at least 10 feet away from the grill at all times.

Make sure your grates are not filled with gunk or grease, as they can easily catch fire.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Preventing Lawn Mower Accidents & Injuries

Injuries sustained from lawn mowers send thousands of people to the emergency room each year. These accidents typically involve serious injuries to the hands, fingers, and feet and can result in reconstructive surgery. It’s important to avoid distractions when handling lawn equipment and to keep children safe.

Here are a few safety tips that may help prevent a lawn mower-related accident:

Use lawn mowers that come equipped with a control that stops the blade if you release the handle.

Never allow children under 12 years or age to operate a push lawn mower.

Never allow children under 16 years of age to operate a driving lawn mower.

Never take children for a ride on the lawn mower.

When mowing the lawn, wear sturdy shoes and avoid sandals or sneakers.

To prevent injuries from flying objects, remove any stones, toys or objects from the lawn before mowing.

Always power off the mower and wait for the blades to stop moving before making any repairs, unclogging the discharge chute, removing the grass catcher or when crossing roads or paths.

Never mow in reverse or pull a lawn mower backwards unless you absolutely must. If you must use the lawn mower in reverse, make sure there are no children in the path.

Never use your hands or feet when removing debris from the machine. A stick or a broom is safer at completing this task.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Trampoline & Bounce House Dangers

For generations, trampolines have been giving children entertainment. Although bouncing in the backyard on a trampoline might be fun, it can also be very dangerous. Not using a trampoline correctly or falling off can result in serious neck and head injuries, like full or partial paralysis.

Due to the high risk of injury, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that trampolines should not be used in a home setting or in outdoor playgrounds but only in a supervised training program such as gymnastics or diving. According to a report by CBS News, trampoline injuries result in nearly 100,000 emergency room visits each year. The majority of these visits (over 80%) are for children under the age of 15.

Here are a few trampoline safety tips:

Always use safety nets
Cover the trampoline’s springs and hooks with padding
Place the trampoline on level ground
Always supervise young children using the trampoline
Allow only one person at a time to use the trampoline

Another popular but dangerous entertainment item is bounce houses. Lately, bounce houses have been acquiring unfavorable media attention due to an increase in injuries. According to a study published in December 2012 in an issue of Pediatrics, more than 30 children a day were treated in emergency rooms for bounce house related injuries in 2010.

The majority of bounce house injuries happen when children collide with each other. But injuries are also experienced as a result of a structure collapsing when there are too many children inside or the structure gets toppled over by wind. The most common injuries are head and neck injuries (19%), strains or sprains (27%), and fractures (28%).

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Child Pool Drowning Prevention

In the United States, the leading cause of death among children aged 1-4 years is drowning. For children ages 5-14, it is the second leading cause of death behind automobile accidents. Florida ranks as one of the highest states with these incidents. It’s important that parents take extra precaution so their child can avoid becoming a victim.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), made a few recommendations for pool owners and parents in their Pool Safety campaign in 2014:

- Always make sure pools are fenced
- Stay alert and keep a watchful eye on children
- Never leave children unattended, even for a short period of time
- Appoint a responsible adult to supervise children
- Learn CPR
- Learn how to swim
- Teach your child how to swim
- Keep children away from drains and pipes
- Check to make sure the pool contains drain covers that are in compliance with federally regulated safety standards

Among the groups at most risk for drowning are African-American children aged 5-19. According to data from the USA Swimming foundation, 7 in 10 African-American children cannot swim. Sixty percent of Hispanic children and forty percent of white children in the U.S. also do not know how to swim. The fact of the matter is, if children don’t know how to swim, they have a higher risk of drowning.  Low-cost swimming lessons exist, and are available to children throughout many municipalities in Florida and the U.S. through parks and recreation departments.

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