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4th of July Safety Tips

Published June 28th, 2017 by CitiMed Legal

Promoting safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks

 

(Source:  Promoting safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks" National Council of Firework Safety

http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips/)

Recommended Safety Tips

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

TIPS ON A SAFE HALLOWEEN

Published October 28th, 2016 by CitiMed Legal

Follow These Ghoulishly Good Best Practices

  • To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween Safety Tips, including do's and don'ts on the trick-or-treat trail:
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time when children should return home
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat

Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street. NSC offers the following safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing

Trick-or-Treating

  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home

Costumes

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

 

 

Hurricane Saftey Tips: Tips On Being Prepared For A Hurricane

Published October 5th, 2016 by CitiMed Legal

Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Know the difference between the threat levels and plan accordingly.

  

HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio (Available on the Red Cross Store) for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio - NOAA Weather Radio, if possible (Available at the Red Cross Store)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket (Available at the Red Cross Store)
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Resources:

https://www.fema.gov/

http://www.redcross.org/

Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Published June 29th, 2016 by CitiMed Legal

BEACH SAFTEY TIPS:

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15 and be sure to reapply throughout the day.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses that absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight.
  • Protect your feet from hot sand, glass, and other sharp objects.
  • Swim at a lifeguarded beach, and stay within the designated swimming areas.

HIGHWAY SAFETY:

  • Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night.
  • Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.

FIREWORKS SAFETY:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
  • Never throw or point a firework towards people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

GRILLING SAFETY:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools specially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

CitiMED Celebrates Haitian Heritage Month 2016

Published June 23rd, 2016 by CitiMed Legal

                                                          

This May, CitiMED joined the Haitian community in celebrating their heritage throughout the month.  CitiMED proudly participated and supported Michel Joseph Martelly’s, former President of Haiti's book signing, and sponsored H.E.R.O. in the Haitian American Festival, The Haitian Compas Festival, and “Dedette in Miami.”  CitiMED embraced the Haitian culture, art, music and food in South Florida.

                                   

On Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, CitiMED participated in the Miami Dade  Book Fair, by Miami Dade College, where Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, former President of Haiti, presented his new book Michel Martelly Autobiographie to the community at MDC’s Wolfson's Campus and hosted a book signing for all attendees. On Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, CitiMED participated in the Miami Book Fair, by Miami Dade College, where Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, former President of Haiti, presented his new book Michel Martelly Autobiographie to the community at MDC’s Wolfson's Campus and hosted a book signing for all attendees.

   

                                                   

On Saturday May 14th, 2016, in collaboration with H.E.R.O. (Humanitarian Emergency Response Organization), a non-profit organization helping the Haitian community in Broward County, CitiMED supported the Haitian American Month Celebration and providing food, live music and a raffle for a 40” Sanyo TV to a lucky winner.

CitiMED also had a strong presence at the Haitian Kompas Festival, one of the biggest Haitian festivals in the United States with over 20,000 attendees, where we provided giveaways to the public and fun social media filters for pictures.

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