Summer and S’mores go hand-in hand…and in order to have the S’mores, you have to have a campfire. The most common type of injury at campfire sites is tripping and falling, which causes burns. Establish a 10 foot safety zone around the campfire to keep people from getting hurt. Active supervision is also key.
What happens if your marshmallow catches on fire…kids should drop it in the fire or on the ground and stomp it out (yes, it’s a gooey mess). Trying to blow it out could lead to burns on the face or the hair catching on fire.
Remember that alcohol and fires don’t mix. Someone has to be responsible for actively supervising the fire and making sure it is completely out before going to bed. Winds can reignite embers while you’re sleeping and those embers could get out of the fire pit starting a fire where it doesn’t belong.
Some things to remember:
- Choose your site in an open area, not too close to trees or bushes
- Do not use gas or lighter fluid as it is very explosive
- Remove any flammable debris (leaves, sticks, etc.) so the fire doesn’t spread unintentionally
- Remember your patience. Your fire may not start right away. Use a safe fire starter and approved kindling (many campsites do not allow you to bring in your own wood or gather wood from the forest)
If you are burned:
- Put out the fire
- Remove any clothing that is on fire
- Do not try to remove any clothing stuck to the skin, but cover with a dry bandage and seek medical help immediately.
For more information: www.cdc.gov/family/camping/
The study found those most at risk for having accidents while driving drowsy are those under 25, males, people who binge drink, people who don’t wear seat belts, folks with sleep problems, and, not surprisingly, those who regularly sleep less than five hours a night, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“About 4 percent, or one in 25 people, reported falling asleep while driving in the month before the survey,” said lead author Anne Wheaton, a CDC epidemiologist.
The problem is worse among people who sleep less than they should. In fact, most drowsy driving occurs early in the morning or late at night “when your body is telling you, you should be in bed,” Wheaton said.
As many as 7,500 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States might be caused by drowsy driving each year, she said. Many of these are single car accidents, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
You don’t have to fall asleep to be a danger if you’re tired at the wheel, note the study authors. Drowsy drivers have slower reaction time, poorer judgment and vision, as well as difficulty processing information, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Drowsy drivers are also likely to be less vigilant and motivated and more moody and aggressive, the sleep group says.
Although the report only covers 10 states and Puerto Rico, Wheaton said other states report similar statistics, so she believes these data are applicable throughout the country.
The finding that binge drinkers are more likely to drive while drowsy is particularly troubling. Drinking is a double-edged sword, Wheaton said. “Alcohol amplifies the effect of drowsiness, but also if you’re drowsy, it doesn’t take as much alcohol for you to be impaired,” Wheaton said.
Wheaton doesn’t know if there is more drowsy driving than there used to be, but she is sure the problem isn’t going away.
“We do know that people are getting less sleep than they used to. You’ve got people who have really long commutes. And we think that the prevalence of sleep apnea is also increasing, because it tends to go along with obesity, and we know that that’s increasing. So it’s [drowsy driving] definitely not going down,” she said.
Wheaton’s advice: “Get enough sleep.” In addition, don’t drink and drive, see a doctor if you have a sleep disorder, and always wear a seat belt, she said.
The study authors also noted that interventions to prevent drowsy driving aimed at young men might be helpful, as this group has a higher risk of drowsy driving.
If you find yourself nodding off at the wheel, the researchers recommended getting off the road and getting some rest. “Turning up the radio, opening the window, and turning up the air conditioner have not proven to be effective techniques to stay awake,” they wrote.
The findings were published July 4 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
SOURCES: Anne Wheaton, Ph.D., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; July 4, 2014, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Check out these grilling tips from the National Fire Protection Association! Happy 4th of July!
Would you Know a Marijuana Edible if you Saw It?
It’s hard enough for adults to distinguish what is “regular” food and what a marijuana edible looks like, especially just by “looks”. Can you imagine the dangers they pose to children? If you have these items around, please lock them up and have a conversation with your children to help them understand the packaging and why it is not for them.
There have been recent news items sharing overdose stories of someone who ate an entire candy bar that had marijuana in it. One serving of that candy bar was actually only 1/16 of the bar. Another story told us of someone who ate an entire chocolate chip cookie (ONE cookie) and overdosed. A serving was 1/6 of the cookie. Not many people have the willpower to only eat 1/16 or 1/6 of an item. Overdose can happen quickly. Below are some samples of Marijuana Edibles to demonstrate how difficult it would be for children to tell the difference.
While Marijuana is legal in Colorado it is still extremely dangerous to children. Be safe!
Join Safe Kids Larimer County and Healthy Kids Club at the “Get Outdoors Day” sponsored by the city of Fort Collins Recreation Department on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 – 3:00 at City Park in Fort Collins. We’ll have great ideas and information on how to stay safe and active this summer. Bring your bike, get your helmeted fitted properly and have a GREAT family day at the park! Click on the links below for more information on how to get involved.
Celebrate Baby Event at McKee Medical Center
Join Safe Kids and a host of other agencies and partners for a baby shower for new and expectant parents.
Saturday, May 31, 9:00 – Noon.
McKee Medical Center, 2000 N. Boise Ave., Loveland
Unintentional Injuries are one of the five leading causes of death in the United States (39%). Unintentional injury risks include lack of motorcycle helmets, lack of seatbelt use, unsafe consumer products, drug and alcohol use, exposure to occupational hazards, and unsafe home and community environments. By taking simple precautions, we can save over 37,000 lives each year. Read more at http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0501-preventable-deaths.html
How to avoid accidental poisonings from chemicals, medications.
SATURDAY, April 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says.
But taking appropriate precautions will reduce the risk of danger, said Earl Siegel, managing director of the drug and poison information center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.
“It is vital that people arm themselves with basic information on poison prevention in the home, such as keeping chemicals out of the reach of children and carefully reading the labels and dosages on all products,” he said in a hospital news release.
Tips for preventing poisonings during spring cleaning are offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Keep cleaning products in their original bottles or containers. Don’t store them in cups, bottles or jars. Never sniff containers to determine what’s inside.
Keep cleaning products locked up and out of sight and reach of children.
Read the label before you use a cleaning product. And never mix products together; doing so could create a dangerous gas.
Open windows and turn on fans when using cleaners or other chemicals. Also, wear protective clothing — long sleeves, long pants, socks, shoes and gloves — if you’re spraying pesticides or other chemicals. Stay away from newly sprayed areas for at least an hour, or until the spray has dried.
If you clean out your medicine cabinet, keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children while you’re working.
If a poisoning occurs, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.
The U.S. National Safety Council has more about poisoning prevention .