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Happy Toy Safety Month

Toy Safety Tips Allied UniversalAccording to the National Retail Federation, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is typically the most popular time of the year for consumers to purchase toys. In fact, holiday sales account for 20-30 percent of annual retail sales each year. Unfortunately, however, far too many of toy purchases ultimately lead to emergency room visits. What’s more, some dog toys can injure pets. Continue reading “Happy Toy Safety Month”

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Happy Thanksgiving: Yay for Food Safety!

Food Safety Public HealthMillions of American humans will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28, 2019. While family traditions differ, nearly every festive gathering will include some type of food. And that’s what makes this holiday my favorite. Since unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness, keep your family and friends happy and healthy by paying attention to food safety. In addition to observing the tips we shared during National Food Safety Month in September, keep the following Thanksgiving-specific food safety issues in mind: Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving: Yay for Food Safety!”

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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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Happy National Ergonomics Month

Ergonimics DiagramOctober is National Ergonomics Month. That’s a weird word. Calling attention to the importance of effective work environments, the campaign is meant to help refine office product design for maximum health and safety. Concentrating mostly on efficient construction and use of office chairs, desks, computers and keyboards, the field of applied ergonomics is crucial. I wonder if my doghouse is ergonomic. Continue reading “Happy National Ergonomics Month”

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Happy National Preparedness Month

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has earmarked September as National Preparedness Month. The annual awareness campaign is designed to encourage individuals and businesses to proactively plan for disasters. The need for awareness is crucial. Nearly three-quarters of Americans report they are worried about natural disasters, terror attacks, or serious accidents affecting their communities. And most admit they aren’t adequately prepared for such calamities. That’s a shame. Continue reading “Happy National Preparedness Month”

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Happy Food Safety Month!

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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has earmarked September as National Food Safety Month. The campaign is designed to keep American people and pets healthy. Every year, 48 million get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die as a result of eating contaminated food. Dogs are also prone to suffer from food poisoning. While anyone may experience symptoms associated with foodborne illness, certain groups of people have a higher risk of developing far more serious conditions if they eat tainted food: pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. The best way to combat food poisoning is to avoid contracting it in the first place – no matter your age, species or health status. Continue reading “Happy Food Safety Month!”

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Back to School Safety 2019

Tiny sharp pencil - Back to SchoolA 2018 Gallup poll reveals that 35 percent of parents fear for their child’s safety at school. That represents a 24 percent increase over the way they felt in 2017. What’s more, a near-record-high 20 percent report that their child has expressed similar fears. I often worry about JR when he’s at Puppy Kindergarten. Since preparation is crucial for improving peace of mind for parents as well as children (and puppies), before your kids (and pups) head back to school, remind them to take the following steps so they will be safe while they are on the road, in the classroom, on a field, or traveling between classes: Continue reading “Back to School Safety 2019”

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Happy National Wellness Month

Human Hand Drawing Wellness Concept“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” ~Anne Wilson Schaef

Wise words indeed. Inspired by that wisdom, Wellness Month was created “to inspire consumers to focus on wellbeing.” The August observance promotes the process of assessing and potentially improving emotional and physical health. Few would argue the value of investing in improving self-health. For the record, I would also argue daily consumption of bacon. Continue reading “Happy National Wellness Month”

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Extreme Heat Safety

heat wave in the city and hand showing thermometer for high temperatureSummer is a great time to spend time in the sun. But while you’re enjoying summer fun, take steps to make sure you’re careful in extreme heat. According to the National Weather Service, heat is a leading weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. Extremely hot and humid weather challenges human and canine bodies’ability to cool themselves. When a body heats too rapidly to properly cool itself, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises. If this occurs, the victim may develop a heat-related illness. Continue reading “Extreme Heat Safety”