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Wildfire Smoke

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:32
Wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. This fact sheet tells you how you can protect your health and be safe if you are exposed to wildfire smoke. What is Wildfire Smoke and Can it Make Me Sick? Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning vegetation, building materials, and other materials. Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick. Even someone who is healthy can get sick if there is enough smoke in the air. Breathing in smoke can have

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:12
When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a

Be Safe After a Hurricane

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:46
The storm might be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is. Keep your loved ones safe after the storm by following our safety tips. Stay Safe Indoors Never use a wet electrical device If it’s still plugged in, turn off the power at the main breaker. Wait for an electrician to check the device before using it. Learn more about electrical safety after a disaster or emergency. If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles If you have to use candles, keep them away from anything that can catch fire. Always stay near lit candles. Learn more

Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 16:33
For thirty years, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has traveled to communities throughout the country to conduct investigations at hazardous waste sites to keep communities safe from harmful environmental exposures and related diseases. We’ve learned that in most states, licensing requirements for early care and education (ECE) facilities, such as nurseries, schools, and daycare centers, do not consider environmental exposures. To address this issue, ATSDR’s Division of Community Health Investigations (DCHI) released the Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSPECE) guidance manual and website with tools and resources for public health professionals to develop

Flood Safety Tips

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:10
Hurricane Harvey: Emergency Management Officials have requested that people escaping flood waters as a last resort do not stay in the attic. If the highest floor of your home becomes dangerous…get on the roof. Call 911 for help and stay on the line until answered. Listen to local advisories for more information and be careful to never drive through flood waters. Visit CDC’s Hurricane page for information on how to keep your family safe before, during, and after a storm. Take these important steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than

Meet Dr. Amy Watson, full-time senior service fellow and self-proclaimed “helicopter mom.”

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:57
Dr. Amy Watson works in the Emergency Response Branch of the Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. An early love of science Both of Amy’s parents were teachers. Her father, a science teacher who was very involved in her education, instilled in Amy a lifelong love of science. Her father’s hobby was making scuppernong grape wine to give as gifts, and one of Amy’s favorite stories about him is “when he did my 6th grade science project: distilling homemade wine. You know, using a homemade distillery. For a 12-year old,” she laughed. He showed Amy