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Preventing Wildfires from Bonfires: A Hot Topic

The recent surge of wildfires scorching the California landscape makes fire safety and wildfire prevention a timely topic. So does the fact that we are entering bonfire season, which can ignite a wildfire under certain circumstances. For example, an unsupervised bonfire, a fire not totally extinguished, a bonfire made in a windy area, etc., can all cause fires. This article focuses mostly on bonfire safety and wildfire prevention from bonfires, but several of the tips offered are applicable to campfires, as well. This definition of each will show you the main differences between the two. Campfires...

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September is National Preparedness Month

In September, you may be preparing to harvest the last crops from your garden or to endure the cascade of holidays looming just ahead. However, September is also the time of year that you should be preparing for another type of possibility: An emergency. In 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared September to be National Preparedness Month.  During September each year, FEMA encourages families to take a moment to consider and create an action plan for the various emergencies that could occur within their homes, businesses, or communities.  Here’s what you need to know...

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September is Healthy Aging Month and Alzheimer’s Month

Aging is a natural part of life, but not everyone ages the same way. Some people can maintain their physical and cognitive health late into their senior years. However, others struggle earlier on with problems related to aging, including Alzheimer’s Disease. Luckily there are many habits that can help you age in a healthy way and avoid chronic aging-related conditions like Alzheimer’s. In honor of September’s status as Healthy Aging Month and World Alzheimer’s Month, here’s what you need to know about healthy aging habits and tips that can help you avoid developing Alzheimer’s disease. What...

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Cancer Awareness Days in September

September may be known for crisper temperatures and the smells of autumn tailgating, but it is also a month full of cancer awareness. September is host to Blood Cancer Awareness Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, World Cancer Research Day, and National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week.  Public health communicators and members of the general public should understand the aim behind these awareness months and preventive measures that can lessen the risk of ever developing...

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Polio Cases in the United States

If you have been following news headlines in recent weeks, you may have noticed more frequent references to a virus that you might have thought was all but eliminated in the U.S.: Poliovirus. Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has been eradicated in the United States for more than 40 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the disease has recently resurfaced in an individual in Rockland County, New York, and wastewater monitoring has shown the continued presence of the virus in that community.  Here’s what you need to know about poliovirus,...

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