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COVID-19 & Mental Health

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Out of respect for those who are suffering as a result of COVID-19, I will refrain from using my usual firedog-isms in this post. Please #BeSafe and #StayHealthy.

As COVID-19 cases increase, most people are adapting to life in the “new normal.” Unfortunately, others are experiencing anxiety, fear, and depression. Millions of people are facing newfound emotions brought about by the pandemic. These result not just from Coronavirus symptoms and the lives lost. They also stem from social isolation caused by lockdowns, mask requirements, social distancing measures, severe economic downturn, and a break from normal routines. Continue reading “COVID-19 & Mental Health”

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COVID-19 Safety for High-Rise Buildings

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The following information is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice. For guidance about how to comply with Coronavirus regulations relative to your high-rise facility, please contact state and/or local government officials such as OSHA and/or facility management.

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Remember Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Dementia And Mental Health RecoveryOut of respect for people who are suffering from any form of dementia and their loved ones, I have refrained from using “firedog-isms” in this post.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Ironically, he later developed the condition, although people debate whether he succumbed after finishing his two presidential terms or while he was still in office. Whenever his disease surfaced, our late president was one of 44 million worldwide and 5.5 million Americans to suffer from some form of dementia. Continue reading “Remember Alzheimer’s Awareness Month”

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Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

In our ongoing effort to promote public health and safety, we wanted to take the opportunity to call attention to an important associated observance, held annually across the United States in October: Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) created the campaign in the 1980’s to educate the public, provide families with information and resources, and address social policy issues and challenges facing the Down Syndrome community. Continue reading “Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month”

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High-Rise Fire Safety 

High Rise Firedog SafetyIn honor of National Safety Month, we want to focus on a topic we hold dear to our hearts at the Allied Universal Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services– high-rise fire safety. According to the most recent study published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 14,500 structure fires per year in high-rise buildings.These fires cause (on average) 40 civilian deaths, 520 civilian injuries, and lead to $154 million of property damage each year. Fire response is critical because fire is one of the most common emergencies following earthquakes, explosions, terrorism, power surges and other natural and manmade disasters. Continue reading “High-Rise Fire Safety “

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Happy National Safety Month

Safety Home Work on the RoadJune is National Safety Month. Developed in 1996 by the National Safety Council (NSC), the annual observance is designed to help eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, as well as on the road, through leadership, research, education and advocacy. While safety is paramount in every aspect of life, the NSC focuses their efforts on these core safety areas: work, road and home. So, in the interest of brevity, we will do the same. Although, I would like to have seen “doghouse safety” included in the list. Continue reading “Happy National Safety Month”

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Arthritis Month

Arthritis AwarenessArthritis is a debilitating condition which affects more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the United States. In hopes of providing help for the millions afflicted, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Arthritis Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation mark each May as National Arthritis Awareness Month. No cure exists yet for either of the two main diagnostic categories: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). However, medication can help ease both diseases into remission. The Canine Health Foundation reports that 20 percent of adult dogs suffer from canine arthritis. Continue reading “Arthritis Month”

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Parkinson’s Disease Awareness

Parkinson's Awareness MonthParkinson’s Disease Awareness Month was instituted in April 1997 to commemorate the birth month of Dr. James Parkinson, the first man to formally identify the disease in 1817. His piece, An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, remains one of the defining studies on the chronic, progressive condition that affects 7-10 million people, worldwide. The disease can be attributed to a variety of genetic, environmental, and age-related factors. This year’s campaign theme is #KeyToPD, which stresses that awareness is key toward working on a world without Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness”

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Be Safe with your Key Fob

RJWestmore Key Fob SafetyAdvancements in automated technology delivers everything from smart phones and houses to smart cars. I’ve even heard they make smart doghouses! I want one! Boasting rearview cameras, BluetoothTMand more, new vehicles do everything short of steering themselves. What’s more, many new autos use small pieces of hardware – key fobs – containing built-in authentication which locks and grants access to vehicles with the press of a button or proximity to door handle. While these entry methods ease locking and unlocking vehicles, they could also lock out owners and provide unauthorized access. Continue reading “Be Safe with your Key Fob”

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Happy Low Vision Awareness Month

Low Vision Awareness Month FiredogPeople in the United States are living longer than ever before. The upside to longer lives is better medical care and quality of life. The downside to longevity is the emergence of several age-related medical conditions, many of which impact eyesight. Millions of dogs also suffer from eye conditions. Consider these stats compiled by the National Eye Institute (NEI): Continue reading “Happy Low Vision Awareness Month”