It is going to be cold again tonight and into Thursday morning with lows in the mid to low 30s. Check that pets are indoors and plants are protected. Don't forget to grab a coat or jacket if you need to go outdoors.
- Pipes: cover pipes exposed to cold temperatures.
- Plants: bring sensitive plants indoors or cover with blankets.
- Pets: bring Fido indoors! The cold hurts them too.
- People: wear clothing like jackets, sweaters, and long pants.
COVID-19 will remain with us for the foreseeable future and using good hygiene habits provides protection to have safe holiday events.
For many, events help us stay connected to one another. They provide an opportunity for socialization and shared experiences which improve our mental health and well being. If we continue to practice good hygiene habits and staying home when sick, we can reduce our risk.
The signal word warns you about a product's short term toxicity before its diluted. It tells you the pesticide's ability to harm human health. Pesticide labels use thee signal words: CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER. If you are searching for less toxic pesticides, look for CAUTION on the label.
Always read and follow all label directions. EPA requires signal words be printed on the front of labels in capital letters. Signal words refer to the entire product, not just the pest-controlling active ingredients.
Pesticides can poison you if you eat them, breathe them in , or get them on our skin and eyes. Even products that are less toxic, natural, or organic can be hazardous. It depends on how much and where someone is exposed.
Canfind the signal workd or have other question about health and safety? Call NPIC at (800) 858-7378 from 8:00 am to 12:000 pm Pacific Time Monday through Friday.
To report a pesticide incident please contact the Quechan Pesticide Enforcement and Control office at (760) 572-0771 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure to leave contact infomation such as: Name, Phone number and Address.
Building a good defense will help prevent severe illness and hospitalization from the flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Get Vaccinated, Boosted (and Treated)
Getting your flu and COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to reduce the chances of getting severely ill. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, speak to a health care provider right away about treatment.
Wear a Mask
There is no vaccine for RSV, so wearing a mask can slow the spread and protect the most vulnerable, including babies, young children, and older adults.
Wash Your Hands
Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent spreading germs.
Planning for the holidays? If you haven’t already, plan to get your Covid19 booster and flu shot at least two weeks before the big day. The vaccines need that time to build up your defenses against these viruses and avoid serious illness. Make your appointment at Ft. Yuma IHS, local pharmacy, doctor’s office, or clinic.
Help is in your hand with the Red Cross Mobile Apps.
- First Aid App: Put expert advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get instant access to first aid information for the most common emergencies.
- Earthquake App: Get notifications when an earthquake occurs, review how to keep you and your family safe, even if the power is out.
- Wildfire App: Track the path of wildfires, get notifications on what to do during a wildfire and stay safe with tools such as a strobe light, flashlight and audible alarm.
Finish with Red Cross Mobile Apps. Apps available on first aid, earthquake, wildfire, hurricane, tornado, pets, CPR and more.
Get instant access to expert advice for common first aid events and other emergencies. With Red Cross Mobile Apps-help is in your hand. Text "APPS" to 90999 or download in Apple iTunes or on Google Play.
All COVID boosters are now the bivalent formula, which is authorized for all ages 5+. The new booster will protect you from serious illness as new variants circulate.
Frying food puts you at greatest risk of cooking fires. Before you fry a turkey, review these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Turkey fryers can tip over easily, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Make sure your turkey fryer Is on a sturdy, level surface and do not move it once It is In use.
Make sure it is at least 10 feet from your home and not under roof eaves.
An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in.
Test the amount of oil you need by filling your fryer with water. Place the turkey in the pot making sure the water doesn't get too close to the top. Measure the water and use that as a guide for filling the pot with oil.
A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when you put it In the cooking pot. Make sure your turkey Is fully thawed without frost on it before you fry it.
Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
If your turkey fryer does not have a thermostat, use a kitchen thermometer that attaches to the side of the pot This will help you monitor the temperature of the oil.
The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
Always use protective oven mitts. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet from the turkey fryer.
Consider using an electric or air fryer.
Antibiotics do not work for viruses like flu or COVID-19, but other medications, like antivirals, can treat viruses. If you’re sick, ask your healthcare professional about the best way to treat your illness.
Learn more during U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: https://bit.ly/3DfaQvR.
If you plan to use a grill to cook your meals, do your part in preventing grill fires by following these simple tips.
Most grill fires are caused by failing to clean excess grease from the grill or by something flammable too close to the grill.
Keep your grill clean. Remove excess grease to prevent flare-ups.
Never leave your grill unattended.
Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.
Only use grills in open areas, away from flammable objects/materials, including overhead objects like branches or patio covers.
Clear an area around your grill of vegetation and other flammables.
Avoid grilling on windy days.
Only dispose of coals when completely cold.
Do NOT travel with a lit or smoldering grill in the back of a truck or trailer. Embers may blow out while you are driving and cause a roadside start.
Parents: Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is common in infants and children younger than 5 years old. Symptoms usually include fever, mouth sores, and skin rash on the hands and feet.
Most children have mild symptoms for 7 to 10 days and can be treated at home, but you should see a healthcare provider depending on your child’s age and severity of symptoms.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3AGhJWl
Are you expecting a child soon? Do they have a safe space to sleep…..even when staying at Grandma and Grandpa’s house? If not, this class is for you.
Those interested can take the Health Department Home Safety Class and receive a portable crib in return, for FREE! The class is just over an hour long and has tons of great information to keep your child safe. The classes are held at the Yuma County Health Department off 28th Street and Avenue B. Classes are usually held every Wednesday but they schedule participants around their due dates. Recommended for expecting mothers and parents of children under 3 months.
Register now by calling (928) 317-4580!
Is it thirst or dehydration? Here's what you need to know: bannerhealth.com/healthcareblog/better-me/are-you-dehydrated-or-just-thirsty.
MVD tips: Protect your teen driver
Obey the rules of the road, set the example
Summer is not only a hot time for the weather, but also for parents to help potential teenage drivers get some training under their belt. It's an excellent time to have a conversation on the important rules of the road.
In Arizona, a teen that is at least 15 years and 6 months of age may be issued a graduated Instruction Permit. This permit allows the teen driver to learn how to drive a vehicle according to Arizona motor vehicle laws (The Motor Vehicle laws can be found under Transportation Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes at azleg.gov). This permit is valid for 12 months and the teen driver must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age, who occupies the seat beside the new learner.
Once the teen driver is at least 16, but less than 18 years of age may apply for a driving test and receive the Graduated License.
Every driver is responsible to follow the rules of the road, and as a parent, you are responsible to make sure your new teen driver understands those rules.
In the warm deserts, rattlesnakes and scorpions are most active from March through October. In the spring snakes are active during daylight hours. As days become increasingly hot around early May, rattlesnakes become more active at night and spend the day in a spot of shade or a cool shelter. In addition to these periods of activity, rattlesnakes can be seen “basking” (lying out in the sun) during any month of the year. Rattlesnake colors and patterns allow them to blend with their surroundings so they often seem invisible. It is always best to look where you place your feet and hands. A flashlight should be carried at night, especially on warm nights when rattlesnakes are very active. Around your home, keep walkways clear of brush, as rattlesnakes on open ground are more visible. Keep walkways brightly lit and wear sturdy shoes.
Many states and communities are relaxing Covid19 mask mandates and prevention measures. Our area is still considered in the High risk category for Covid19, please continue to practice good hygiene habits. If you travel to a state or community with relaxed Covid19 measures, and you feel more comfortable wearing your mask, mask up to protect you and your family. It is our choice to stay safe!