Fall Health Tips:
Hurricane Season extends from June 1st to November 30. Much can be done to prepare for a storm, and prepare for the possibility of some interruption to electrical service. In addition to securing your home, storing outdoor furniture, and having a supply of medications and non-perishable food, it is wise to have an emergency kit on hand and a family communication plan in place. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a guide on how to prepare for and weather a hurricane:
Flu Season is here and it is wise to get vaccinated especially if: your child is 6 months through 18 years of age; you are pregnant; you or your child has a chronic (long lasting) medical condition; you are older than 50; or you are a health care worker. Check with your Doctor. Seniors should also consider getting the pneumonia vaccine. For more information about the flu go to
Leaves, Leaves Everywhere. Residents, especially seniors and those with health issues, are reminded to take care and not overdo when cleaning leaves and debris from their property. It is smarter to do many small cleanings, rather than try to clean the entire property in a day. Take a walk, enjoy this beautiful weather … before the snow flies!
The signs are out…Slow Down School’s Open. Please use extra caution when driving through residential areas or approaching a school bus. Remember children in their enthusiasm often do not do the right thing—look both ways before crossing—and it is up to you to be alert and avoid a heartbreaking accident.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS:
Halloween is a time for ghosts, witches, goblins and other scary creatures of the night, but safety must be the number one concern for parents on Halloween. Below are some tips on how to keep children safe on Halloween:
- Parents should accompany children trick-or-treating and only visit the homes of people they know.
- Instruct children not to eat any treats until they are inspected by an adult. Discard unwrapped or ripped items. Wash fruit thoroughly and cut it up before allowing children to eat it. If hosting a party, serve healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables with dip. Serve only pasteurized juice or cider.
- When purchasing costumes, make sure they are flame resistant. Also, bright colors are good because can be easily seen by motorists. Reflective tape as trim is a good idea.
- Masks can restrict vision; instead, consider using makeup for a unique look.
- Consider public events at schools and community agencies as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
- Be especially careful driving on Halloween. Young trick-or-treaters are often too
excited to follow the pedestrian safety rules they learned in school and at home.