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Safety And Prevention

Safely Celebrate the Fourth of July

Though celebrating the Fourth of July is certainly different this year, with reduced crowds and limited community events, many families may still celebrate at home with a few fireworks. Fireworks are a fun way to recognize the holiday, but safety protocols need to be a priority for all those who…

COVID-19 Can’t Stop Medical Emergencies from Happening

Strokes, heart attacks and other serious illnesses and injuries still need immediate treatment. The number of patients with medical conditions and life-threatening emergencies coming to emergency departments across the country has sharply declined since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer cars on the road and more people at home…

Injury Prevention: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can distract families from taking simple safety measures to help prevent injuries. Keep your spirits bright by following these precautions when decorating and gifting. Décor dangers Twinkling lights, fresh trees and candles are common sights throughout the holidays. If your family adds…

Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

One of the most delicious holidays of the year can unfortunately result in accidents or injuries. Though Thanksgiving is a busy time with plenty of family and friends causing us to multitask between cooking and visiting, a few simple reminders can keep preventable accidents at bay. Don’t be a fire…

Tricks for Halloween Safety

With Halloween just around the corner, planning out costumes, pumpkin décor and party festivities may be top of mind. According to a Pediatric Journal study, Halloween is the fourth-most common holiday for children to be admitted to the ER for injuries. Don’t let all of the…

Safe driving tips during flash floods

Flash floods can approach rapidly and unexpectedly, especially in tropical climates like ours and during hurricane season. You might not always receive a warning that a flash flood is approaching. Jennifer Silvey, emergency preparedness coordinator at UF Health Jacksonville, offers safe driving tips for driving in…

Prevent Infections During Hurricane Season

With the 2019 hurricane season in full force, an often forgotten part of storm preparedness and cleanup is infection prevention. In addition to the physical damage a tropical storm or hurricane can produce, flooding and power outages can also produce unseen hazards in the hours or days following a storm.

The Importance of Emergency Preparedness

One of the most critical times to be prepared in Florida is now. Hurricane season occurs June 1– Nov. 30, but the height of the season in North Florida typically starts in September, extending through the end of October. Jennifer Silvey, emergency preparedness coordinator at UF…