The Dirt on Hand Sanitizers

Posted On : March 30, 2018   In , ,

Hand sanitizer seems like the perfect solution for a busy mom on the go, an employee in a fast-paced environment or a hands-on coach of little athletes. Does this quick and convenient sanitizer really keep you out of harm’s way by killing 99.9% of germs as advertised? We’ve tracked down the nitty gritty details of just how effective hand sanitizer is, as well as the true and false facts of this hand-held wonder. Scientists and researchers have proven that hand sanitizers do in fact kill 99.9% of germs, but these studies have been performed on inanimate surfaces. Although it is

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Family First Aid: Car Accidents

Posted On : December 2, 2016   In , ,

Family First Aid: Car Accidents We are in the midst of the holiday season, which means the roads are packed with people traveling for family gatherings and holiday fun. With the increase of traffic on the roads, comes the increased likelihood of vehicle accidents. There are things you should know for your safety and the safety of others if you are involved in an accident, either as a victim or witness. Assess the situation If you were involved, are you injured? Check for cuts or broken bones. Are you in a safe location to avoid additional impact? If you are

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Posted On : November 21, 2016   In , ,

You can smell the turkey in the oven already. You have your favorite turkey dinner pants all ready to go. Bring on the annual feast of the year! As the holiday brings family and friends together, it also brings potential health hazards. Thanksgiving is the busiest holiday of the year, more so than Christmas. It is also the busiest day for firefighters, first responders and emergency rooms. Family Emergency Room wants you to have a wonderful holiday meal, safe from any trips to the ER. The turkey & the fixings –Firefighters say that the majority of cooking related fires happens

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When Having Diabetes Can Become an Emergency

Posted On : November 18, 2016   In , , ,

Everyone has an organ called the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for the process of turning food into energy. It does this by producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose to be absorbed into the bodies cells, thus providing energy. Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas cannot correctly process food. There are two types of Diabetes. Type 1, which is the less common of the two, is an autoimmune process that destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. The body cannot produce insulin on it’s own. Type 2 is the most common. Almost 30

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Halloween Safety Tips

Posted On : October 28, 2016   In , , ,

Halloween is a night that is supposed to be full of fun. Unfortunately, for Emergency Rooms, Halloween brings in more pediatric patients than any other night of the year. Each year, we see an increase in minor to major trauma cases. Children are more at risk of injury, such as being hit by a vehicle, than any other night of the year, combined. Here are 30 Safety Tips to ensure safe trick-or-treating for you and your little goblins this Halloween. Costume Safety  Select costumes that are brighter in colors so that it’s easier to be seen in the dark. Choose

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Let the Games Begin – Fall Sports Safety Tips

Posted On : September 1, 2016   In , , , ,

It may still be crazy hot out there but fall is already in motion, for sports that is.  Football, soccer and volleyball are in full game mode. Your kids have passed their sports physicals and are clear to play; now it’s time to go over some safety rules. Here are our top ten. Before the first whistle… 1. Let the Coach know of any pre-existing medical conditions and what to do if it becomes an issue, such as asthma or allergies. Make sure the Coaches have your phone number on hand in case of any emergency. 2. Attend a Sports

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Back to School Safety Tips

Posted On : August 22, 2016   In , ,

Parents, we made it! Our kids are going back to school. Although we will miss them, there’s a little side of all of us that is happy to get them back to the books and out of the house.  The majority of injuries or illnesses that kids come home with, happen at school. Here are some safety tips to help avoid injury and illness. Identity – Who they are and where they live. Your children should know their full name, age/birthday, home address and at least one parent’s cell phone number. If you work outside of the home make sure

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Pokémon Go Safety Tips

Posted On : July 19, 2016   In , , ,

By now you have heard of the new Pokémon Go app that is dominating the country. You have probably also heard some of the many injuries that have been caused due to the negligence of “trainers.” People are getting injured in Pokémon mobs. Kids are walking into busy streets or trespassing. Even people who have no interest in the game are taking advantage of players who are not paying attention to their surroundings. The game is a great way to end summer boredom and get kids exercising. It’s a great family activity too. Nonetheless, there should be some ground rules

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The Calm Before the Storm

Posted On : July 7, 2016   In , ,

We have all heard the phrase, “the calm before the storm.” A summer storm can come on quickly and disappear just as quickly. Central Texas is no stranger to weather with multiple personalities. From severe thunderstorms and flash flooding to tornados and hail the size of golf balls, we’ve seen it all. Since our summer storm season hasn’t quite yet begun this year, now is a good time to go over some safety tips. BE PREPARED For any type of storm, it is important to be prepared. Have a storm action plan. Designate a safe place in your home, have

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Family First Aid: Heat Exhaustion

Posted On : June 29, 2016   In , , , ,

Central Texas is known for its gorgeous weather and the humidity that comes with it. With high humidity, spending the day outside can take a toll on your body. Heat Exhaustion, often accompanied by dehydration, is one of the leading heat illnesses caused by over-exposure. The body’s natural cooling system is through sweating. When the body cannot cool itself quickly enough or doesn’t have enough fluids to do so, symptoms of Heat Exhaustion can occur. Symptoms Here is what to look for if you think you’re experiencing Heat Exhaustion: Fatigue Nausea Headache Excessive thirst Drenching sweat Pale, cold, clammy skin

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