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Babysitting

The whole idea of babysitting can stir up a wide range of emotions in both parents and potential babysitters. Here are some safety tips for parents and another set for babysitters, although everyone should read both sets of guidelines so that both parties are aware of the other’s concerns.

Fires

Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 20,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $10 billion annually.

Floods

Flooding is the nation's most common natural disaster. Flooding can happen in every U.S. state and territory. However, all floods are not alike. Some can develop slowly during an extended period of rain, or in a warming trend following a heavy snow. Others, such as flash floods, can occur quickly, even without any visible signs of rain. Be prepared for flooding no matter where you live, but particularly if you are in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even a very small stream or dry creek bed can overflow and create flooding.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate.

Influenza Pandemic

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population and the virus begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide. The federal government, states, communities and industry are taking steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.

Radiological

The Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant has been in operation since 1972. Federal, state, and local agencies maintain emergency response programs in place for managing resources and protecting the public in the unlikely event of radiation release from either of the plant's two nuclear reactors. Below is information regarding the plant operations, the testing of safety equipment, and planning guides for organizations and residents in the 10-mile radius around the plant.

Poisoning

Millions of people, mostly young children, are unintentionally poisoned every year. A poison is defined as any substance that can cause unintended symptoms or harmful effects.  Many common products and substances can produce very serious and even fatal effects.

Electrical Hazards

Even though improved safety engineering on electrical products and strict enforcement of electrical codes have reduced electrical hazards, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed by electrical shocks and fires every year.

Generators

Due to the numerous hurricanes that have affected our communities in Miami Dade County, generators have become a common household item.

Mobile Homes

There are many benefits to living in mobile homes, but residents should be aware of some safety concerns unique to these structures. While they are vulnerable to all the same hazards found in permanent structures, mobile homes are built of lighter materials and they are not fixed to the ground with the equal reinforcements.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas and it demands recognition by existing in the form of a deadly “stealth” gas, which can cause serious illness or death with little or no warning.

Hurricane Home Safety

Hurricane preparedness isn’t just about protecting your family and property against the effects of extreme wind and rain.  It’s also about creating an environment free from hazards while confined to your home during a storm and preventing dangerous situations after the storm, too.

Home Safety for the Elderly

One in every three senior citizens over 65 falls each year, and the numbers are even higher for seniors over 75 years. Many of these falls result in serious injuries including sprained or fractured ankles, head or brain injuries and most commonly, hip fractures. Plus, statistics show that those who have fallen once are much more likely to fall again later.

Burglar Bars

More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and approximately 20,000 are injured. Security bars may help keep your family safe from intruders, but they can also trap you in a deadly fire! Miami-Dade Fire Rescue encourages individuals to use the following tips to help reduce the number of fire injuries and deaths associated with security bars on windows and doors preventing fire escape.

Portable Space Heater

Portable space heaters pose a greater risk of causing a fire than central heating units. Space heaters also have greater potential for human error, such as leaving them too close to combustible materials or failing to install, fuel, operate and maintain them properly. Safety must be a top priority when using these portable heating systems.

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