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It’s scary out there! More tips for Halloween safety

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You might have seen the story in today’s Health and Fitness section about how you can prevent a tragic pedestrian accident on Halloween. With the spooky holiday just a day away, here are some more tips from SafeKids USA for how drivers can help make it a safe night for the kiddos. Slow down and […] [Read More]

Stay fire-free this Halloween

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It’s the time of the year for festive costumes, endless candy, spooky jack-o-lanterns, and creepy decorations. The National Fire Protection Association is reminding everyone to take a few simple precautions to keep Halloween safe and enjoyable. Though candles — a Halloween staple — can create a spooky atmosphere, they’re also dangerous. Between 2006 and 2010, […] [Read More]

Walk to School in Ansonia

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Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital will join students at Prendergast School in Ansonia and FedEx volunteers on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn about walking safely and […] [Read More]

State recognized for response to public health emergencies

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Connecticut’s five Emergency Planning and Preparedness Regions have been nationally  recognized  for their ability to respond to public health emergencies. The five regions, comprising all of the state’s local health departments and health districts, were recognized by the Project Public Health Ready, a a criteria-based public health preparedness program that assesses local health department capacity […] [Read More]

Sun safety tips on the first day of summer

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Today is the first day of summer, and it’s supposed to be a warm and sunny one, with highs near 82 degrees. But, as always, with sun and summer come skin cancer fears. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, , there were 930 cases of malignant melanoma diagnosed in Connecticut in 2009, and […] [Read More]

Keep kids from open windows as weather turns warmer

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The weather is supposed to turn rainy and a mite colder tomorrow, but, today, it’s still sunny and warm — enough so that you might feel the urge to pop open your windows. However, these open windows pose hazards to children and the Connecticut Department of Public Health is asking that you take steps to […] [Read More]

The Cinnamon Challenge isn’t child’s play

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If you’re like me, maybe you’ve heard in passing about the “cinnamon challenge,” which entails swallowing a tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking any liquid.  The stunt has caught on with many young people, and has even spawned a series of harrowing YouTube videos featuring teens and tween tentatively putting spoons of […] [Read More]

Leapfrog Group updates its controversial safety scores

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Earlier this year, the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, caused a stir when it released its Hospital Safety Score, which gives hospitals a letter grade based on their performance on 26 hospital safety measures. Of the 2,652 hospitals to receive a score, 729 received an “A,” 679 […] [Read More]

Fourth of July is tomorrow. Please don’t blow yourself up.

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Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and you know what that means: Someone’s losing a hand. Well, hopefully not, but experts are cautioning that people stay away from consumer fireworks. In Connecticut,  it is illegal to offer for sale, sell at retail, use, or explode fireworks. Sparklers and fountains are legal to buy and sell, […] [Read More]
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Survey: More than half of teen drivers talk or text behind the wheel

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A high percentage of the state’s teen drivers talk or text on their phone while behind the wheel, according to the 2011 Connecticut School Health Survey. The results of the survey — administered to more than 6,000  high school and middle school students across the state — were released Thursday by the state Department of […] [Read More]