Katie Gorodetsky, Immunization Coordinator for WIC
As warmer weather arrives and windows are opened to let the breeze in, we should all remember that screens are designed to keep bugs out and not children in. The leading cause of injury to children age 5 and under is falls and falls out of windows are especially serious. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers can prevent window falls by following several safety tips: keep all furniture including beds or couches away from windows, open windows from the top, not the bottom, lock all unopened windows and doors, supervise young children at all times, and install child safety window guards! Child safety window guards are aluminum or steel bars with a maximum four-inch spacing that are installed in the bottom half of a double hung window. Guards are designed to withstand 150 pounds of pressure and can be purchased at a local hardware or home improvement store. Regular screens will not support the weight of a falling child. Window guard installation is recommended for all windows above the first floor. Practice these safety techniques and minimize the risk of injury to your child. For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Program at www.mass.gov/dph/injury.
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge. In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries. These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014, …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting