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.
Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke posted on Oct 20
Heart attack and stroke contribute to the 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year in the U.S. The burden to families and communities is devastating, and medical costs and lost productivity total nearly $1 billion per day. To address this crisis, the United States Department …Continue Reading Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
Poison Prevention! posted on Oct 14
Children are naturally curious. They are bound to explore and wander around the house as they play and learn. It is important to know that sometimes children can become exposed to dangers in the home without being aware of what they are doing. Each year, …Continue Reading Poison Prevention!
Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Oct 9
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured deliberations on two pending proposed amendments to existing regulations, and a pair of informational presentations for Council members on current Department initiatives and activities. First, Associate Commissioner Suzanne Condon provided an update on public comments received on a series of …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting