Summer Safety

2 Jul

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July is the perfect time to go outside, get active and grill with friends and loved ones. HAWA wants to help keep you safe this summer

Mosquito Safety

Did you know that mosquitoes are known to be the world’s most deadly animal? They kill around 725,000 people worldwide each year. The majority of these deaths occur in Africa, but that doesn’t mean other countries are safe.

According to the CDC, here are a few ways to protect yourself:

• Use an insect repellent when you go outdoors.

• Make sure that the repellant has one of these ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol.
Cover up.

• Mosquito-proof your home. Fix any broken window screens.

• Get rid of mosquito breeding sites. Remove any standing water that has collected.

• If you plan to travel, get information about the areas to which you will be traveling.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer!
Shayla HAWA RN

Protect Yourself and Loved Ones Against The Risk of Falling

26 Jun

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You can make small changes to help prevent falls. One in 3 older adults will fall each year. Falling can lead to broken bones, trouble getting around, and other health problems – especially if you are age 65 or older.

A fracture (broken bone) can cause pain and disability. It can also make it hard to do everyday activities without help, like cooking a meal or taking a shower. Broken hips are a major cause of health problems and death among older adults.

Prevention Is Key:

• Do exercises to improve your balance and leg strength.

• Review all medicines with your doctor or pharmacist. Some medicines can make you dizzy or sleepy.
• Ask your doctor if you need to take vitamin D pills.
• Get your vision checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. 
• Make your home safer. 

Accident-proof Your Home:

• Remove clutter, small furniture, electrical cords, throw rugs
• Arrange or remove furniture so there is plenty of room for walking
• Secure carpets to the floor
• Make sure outdoor areas are well lit and walkways are smooth and free from ice
• Use non-skid mats or appliques in the bath and shower
• Install grab bars in the tub, shower and near the toilet
• Provide adequate lighting in every room

Article Published From: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/older-adult-falls

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Tips to Prevent Poisonings

22 Jun

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Drugs and Medicines

• Never take larger or more frequent doses of your medications.
• Follow directions on the label when you give or take medicines. Read all warning labels. Some medicines cannot be taken safely when you take other medicines or drink alcohol.
• Turn on a light when you give or take medicines at night so that you know you have the correct amount of the right medicine.
• Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers.
• Properly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs.

Household Chemicals and Carbon Monoxide

• Keep chemical products in their original bottles or containers.
• Never mix household products together. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia can result in toxic gases.
• Wear protective clothing if you spray pesticides or other chemicals.
• Turn on the fan and open windows when using chemical products such as household cleaners.

Article Published From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Distracted Driving

12 Jun

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Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.

What are the types of distraction?

There are three main types of distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road
Manual: taking your hands off the wheel 
Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Distracted driving activities

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving, are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds; long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Safety

8 Jun

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Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.

Here, in order, are the top causes of unintentional injury and death in homes and communities

1. Poisoning

2. Motor Vehicle Crashes

3. Falls 

4. Choking and Suffocation 

5. Drowning

6. Fires and Burns 

7. Natural and Environmental Incidents 

How can National Safety Month make a difference?

We can all use this time to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

• Preventing poisonings
• Medication safety and prescription drug abuse
• Driving, biking, and working safely
• First aid and emergency preparedness
• Preventing slips, trips, and falls

Article Published by: HealthFinder.gov

National Safety Month

1 Jun

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During National Safety Month, HAWA wants to help you reduce the risk of injuries.

This month, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like preventing poisonings, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

Poisonings: Nine out of 10 poisonings happen right at home. You can be poisoned by many things, like cleaning products or another person’s medicine.

Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing.

Slips, trips, and falls: One in 4 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones or a head injury.

Getting Started

21 May

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Thinking about adding physical activity to your life, but not sure how to get started? Sometimes, taking the first step is the hardest part.

If you have not been active in some time, start at a comfortable level and add a little more activity as you go along. Some people find that getting active with a friend makes it easier to get started.

Is something holding you back?
Think about reasons why you have not been physically active. Then try to come up with some ways to get past what is keeping you from getting active.

Have you said to yourself . . . I haven’t been active in a very long time.
Solution: Choose something you like to do. Many people find walking helps them get started. Before you know it, you will be doing more each day.

I don’t have the time.
Solution: Start with 10-minute chunks of time, a couple of days a week. Walk during a break. Dance in the living room to your favorite music. It all adds up.

It costs too much.
Solution: You don’t have to join a health club or buy fancy equipment to be active. Play tag with your kids. Walk briskly with your dog for 10 minutes or more.

Activity: Write down some things you could do to get past what may be holding you back:

1. _____________________________

2. _____________________________

3. _____________________________

Article published by: HealthierUS.gov