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The 2015 Boston Marathon Spectator Guidelines Posted on Apr 13

The 2015 Boston Marathon Spectator Guidelines

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The 119th running of the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 20, 2015. This year, 30,000 registered participants will run the 26.2-mile course, which starts in Hopkinton and passes   …Continue Reading The 2015 Boston Marathon Spectator Guidelines

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month Posted on Apr 9

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every child has the right to a happy, healthy life. Children’s safety is not only a main concern for parents and caregivers, but for the Commonwealth as well. Since 1983, the month of April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month to spread   …Continue Reading April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home Posted on Mar 27

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Poisoning is a serious issue in the United States, especially for young children. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center receives a phone call reporting exposure to toxic chemicals or substances, and more than 90 percent of these occurrences happen at home, according to the   …Continue Reading How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free Posted on Mar 13

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program (MTCP), part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), tackles this issue by promoting tips for kicking the   …Continue Reading Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work Posted on Mar 6

How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work

More than 75 percent of adults with asthma either have poor control over their symptoms or no control at all, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Asthma Advocacy Partnership (MAAP). Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe, but   …Continue Reading How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers Posted on Jan 15

You don’t have to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke to get lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. One in four homes in Massachusetts has the potential to   …Continue Reading Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

Massachusetts Snowstorm Preparedness Posted on Nov 19

Massachusetts Snowstorm Preparedness

  Use #MAsnow on Twitter for updates on a snow storm’s progress through Massachusetts. Massachusetts residents know that the winter months can bring hazardous weather and treacherous conditions. Snowstorms can look beautiful, but may have consequences that are both inconvenient and dangerous. When preparing for winter   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Snowstorm Preparedness

Halloween Safety Tips Posted on Oct 24

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time of year for both children and adults. Whether you plan on trick-or-treating under the moonlight or hosting your own spooky haunted house, it’s important to stay safe. With advice and resources from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS) you   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Posted on Oct 14

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAW) completed jointly between the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 22 percent of women and 7 percent of men were physically assaulted by a partner at some   …Continue Reading National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Fire Prevention Week Posted on Oct 2

Fire Prevention Week

Fire safety and prevention are responsibilities that all residents of the Commonwealth should take seriously. According to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System, there were 31,229 fires reported in the Commonwealth during 2012, causing 39 civilian deaths, 322 civilian injuries, and 531 fire service injuries.   …Continue Reading Fire Prevention Week