Reducing Fire Hazards for Portable Electric Heaters

THE STATISTICS
CPSC estimates that from 2008 to 2010,
portable electric heaters were involved in
approximately 1,200 fires per year.

THE PROBLEM
Portable electric heaters are high-wattage
appliances that have the potential to ignite
nearby combustible materials like curtains,
beds, sofas, paper, clothing, and flammable
liquids. If ignition results from a heater left
on and unattended, a major fire could result.

SAFETY TIPS
CPSC recommends the following for the
safe use of electric heaters:

  •   Never operate a heater you suspect isdamaged. Before use, inspect the heater,cord, and plug for damage. Follow all operation and maintenance instructions.

Visit http://www.cpsc.gov or http://www.SaferProducts.gov to see if your electric heater has been recalled.

  • Never leave the heater operating while unattended, or while you are sleeping.
  • Keep combustible material such as beds, sofas, curtains, papers, and clothes at least 3 feet (0.9 m) from the front, sides, and rear of the heater.
  • Be sure the heater plug fits tightly into the wall outlet. If not, do not use the outlet to power the heater.
  • During use, check frequently to determine if the heater plug or cord, wall outlet, or faceplate is HOT! If the plug, outlet, or faceplate is hot, discontinue use of the heater, and have a qualified electrician check and/or replace the plug or faulty wall outlet(s). If the cord is hot, disconnect the heater, and have it inspected/repaired by an authorized repair person.
  • Never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip.
  • Insure that the heater is placed on a stable, level surface, and located where it will not be knocked over.
  • When purchasing a heater, ask the salesperson whether the heater has been safety-certified. A certified heater will have a safety certification mark.

See the following web site (OSHA) for a list of
accepted certification marks:  http://63.234.227.130/dts/otpca/nrtl/nrtlmrk.html.

  • Never run the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting. This can damage the cord, causing it and nearby objects to burn.
  • To prevent electrical shocks and electrocutions, always keep electric heaters away from water, and NEVER touch an electric heater if you are wet.

SPREAD THE NEWS! Inform family, friends, and coworkers of the ways to
use an electric heater more safely.

Pub. 098U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION • (800) 638-2772 • http://www.cpsc.govhttp://www.SaferProducts.gov

Breastfeeding

This forward from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) sums up my teaching in residency and views on breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding is best for babies, mothers, families, our environment, and our communities. The American Academy of Pediatrics is helping to ensure that your baby is born into an environment that is supportive of breastfeeding. We do this by educating pediatricians about the importance of breastfeeding and how they can help you to be successful.

Babies are born ready to learn to breastfeed. During pregnancy a woman’s body gains weight and changes to support breastfeeding. Think of the first months of life as the “fourth trimester” where you and your baby get to know each other. Breastfeeding is part of getting to know yourself and your baby on a whole different level.

Trusted Links From the APP- here

And, my beloved WIC- Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Nutrition Program CDC WIC Link.

DSHSTexas WIC Link

Serving Wood County, TX,
Quitman WIC Link

QUITMAN WIC
1020 EAST GOODE STREET
QUITMAN , TX. 75783
Telephon: 903-763-4123
Hours: 8:30-5:30,(MON/TUE/WED/THU/FRI)

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NEDA (National Eating Disorders Assocation) Awareness Week Feb 23rd to March 1st

NEDA

NEDA –National Eating Disorders Association

Our Mission
NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

Our Vision
NEDA envisions a world without eating disorders.

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011). For various reasons, many cases are likely not to be reported. In addition, many individuals struggle with body dissatisfaction and sub-clinical disordered eating attitudes and behaviors, and the best-known contributor to the development of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa is body dissatisfaction (Stice, 2002). By age 6, girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life (Smolak, 2011). Get the Facts

Online Eating Disorder Screening

    About the Screening Tool

    NEDA partners with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) to provide an online eating disorder screening tool. Found at www.MyBodyScreening.org, this website provides people with the option to take a free, anonymous self-assessment to gauge their risk of an eating disorder. The anonymous SMH online screening takes only a few minutes and consists of a series of questions, developed by treatment professionals in the eating disorders field, which are designed to indicate whether clinical help is needed.

    The availability of such a “low pressure” first-step towards recovery is a vital tool. After completing a screening, participants (if indicated) will receive referral information through NEDA’s Helpline for personal evaluation by a medical professional and treatment. There are two screenings available, one for college students – a particularly vulnerable demographic for the development of eating disorders – and a standard screening for other demographics. This is an outstanding resource for people who may need help or know someone who may need help and don’t know where to begin.

    How much do you know about eating disorders? Take our Quiz to find out! http://nedawareness.org/quiz #NEDAwareness

All About Teeth

TAPD- Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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What Is A Pediatric Dentist?

The pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school, and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet these needs.

This site has some excellent information about a wide range or oral health care questions including

    Useful Information:
  • Perinatal & Infant Oral Health
  • Your Child’s First Dental Visit
  • When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?
  • Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)
  • Sippy Cups
    Prevention:
  • Care of Your Child’s Teeth
  • Good Diet = Healthy Teeth
  • How Do I Prevent Cavities?
  • Seal Out Decay
  • Fluoride
  • Mouth Guards
  • Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
    Adolescent Dentistry:
  • Tongue Piercing – Is it Really Cool?
  • Tobacco – Bad News in Any Form

The link is found here