Archive for the ‘Accidents’ Category

Burns: Types, Symptoms and Treatment

Friday, July 8th, 2011

A burn is defined as an injury to tissue caused by heat, chemicals or electricity. While the skin is the most commonly burned tissue, some internal burns can occur, such as from smoke inhalation in a fire which burns the lungs or swallowing hot liquid which burns the esophagus.


Fire Safety

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

We all fear fire, but many of us think home fires happen only to other people. Until it happens to you, you may not realize some of the easy precautions you can take to make your home safer.

At noon on June 21, 2006, I was three months pregnant and had just returned from a morning out with my two-year-old son when we heard a smoke alarm in the apartment below ours. I was trying to call my neighbor when she banged on the door and yelled “Grab the baby and get out! There’s a fire!”

Disaster Safety: Earthquake

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

There is no question that Mother Nature has a mean streak. Natural hazards happen across the world in many different forms, such as: earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanos, forest fires, landslides and tsunamis.

Earthquakes strike violently and suddenly, without warning.  After a major earthquake, there’s a good chance that traditional emergency response teams will be too busy to take care of you and your family. You need to PREPARE your home.

First Aid: Blocking the Airways

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Accidents occur each day, and they can be life threatening, particularly if the airways are involved. Frequently children, and sometimes adults, ingest foreign objects like coins or bones and these may accidentally enter the trachea and block the airways. Unless prompt action is taken, this can be fatal.