Red fireworks going off for the 4th of July.

Fireworks Safety Tips

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On average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the weeks before and after the July 4th holiday. (1) Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (an estimated 30 percent); legs (an estimated 23 percent); eyes (an estimated 15 …

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Summer Camp and COVID-19

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Before sending children to summer camp this year, parents should ask themselves a few questions. Parents should learn about their child’s individual risk factors for COVID-19 and how children’s involvement in a summer camp program impacts the safety of other family members. If you’re wondering whether summer camp is safe, you’ll need to compare it with what your child has …

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Protect Your Skin in the Sun

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The summer is the perfect time to enjoy some fun in the sun with your friends and family, but the sun can be harmful to your skin if you don’t use proper protection. Skin cancer can be caused by injury to skin cells that result in damaged DNA, due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds or from the sun. …

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Germs on a Plane

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Now that we are all starting to travel again and taking flights to our destinations, we need to be aware of the most infectious spots on the planes we board. Most flyers are aware that air-borne germs are often in circulation because of the recycled air that is constantly flowing through the plane. However, because mask-wearing in close quarters is …

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Hurricane Guide 2021

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Hurricane season in Florida runs from June 1-Nov. 30. Prepare yourself by understanding the potential storm dangers, ranked by the hurricane categories of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale outlined below. Also be aware that approaching storms can unexpectedly step up in strength just prior to landfall, after it is too late to adjust your preparations. Category 1: 74-95 mph sustained …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Be part of the solution!

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The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now tops 101 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of the end of April. More than 43% of Americans have received at least one dose, and the average daily coronavirus case count is steadily decreasing. The rate of new infections is currently averaging 49,000 cases per day, …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Page

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What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine? A COVID-19 vaccine can: Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying due to COVID-19 Prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus to others Add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19 — making it harder for the disease to …

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Defeat Daylight by Springing Forward

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How do you feel about losing an hour of sleep this weekend? Yeah, we’re not excited about it either. On Sunday, March 14th, the clocks will move forward, but with good reason. Daylight Savings Time was designed to help maximize daylight hours in our daily schedules, so take advantage of the extra sunlight in your day. Even though sunscreen is …

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How to Stay Healthy and Motivated in the New Year

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With a new year comes a realm of possibilities for new beginnings. Although many people make New Year’s promises and resolutions they can’t keep, there are plenty who look back at the end of the year and realize they have accomplished far more than they planned to. Setting a goal or intention for the new year doesn’t have to be …