Friday, July 16, 2010

Tips for enjoying this weekend and the rest of the summer

Watch out for heat-related illness

Over the past 30 years more people have died in this country from heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. This Maine CDC web site has a variety of resources describing the signs of heat-related illness, what you can do if you suspect someone has a heat-related illness, and ways to prevent these illnesses.

Water Safety

· This web site has some basic tips for keeping children safe around open waters.

· This Maine CDC web site has tips for avoiding recreational water illnesses.

Food Safety

· This USDA fact sheet gives information on how to safely defrost frozen foods before cooking them.

· This food safety blog discusses food safety at farmer’s markets.

· US CDC describes food safety at fairs and festivals.

Other Precautions

· Playing outdoors this summer can mean getting cuts that may become infected with bacteria commonly found in soil, including the ones that cause tetanus. Tetanus vaccine can help prevent tetanus disease.

· A single mosquito bite can give you West Nile Virus. Why take a chance? Use repellant.

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