Monthly Archives: August 2016

Home Decorating Tips

If home is where the heart is, where does the soul live? Xorin Balbes, author of SoulSpace: Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life — Creating a Home That Is Free of Clutter, Full of Beauty, and Inspired by You says, there are ways to make our homes more enriching environments for our inner selves.

The process can be an emotional one. We ascribe meaning to the objects we keep around, and letting go of certain memories can be painful. On the flip side, there are items we should surround ourselves with for inspiration. While material things don’t define who we are, they can, as Balbles put it, “support our spiritual evolution.”

The report finds a large majority of these incidents occur when a child climbs on furniture to reach a toy, remote, or video game remote control, or to turn on a television set.

Nearly half of these accidents occur in bedrooms. The report suggests many of the televisions involved in these injuries are older, clunky CRT sets that have been moved to another room and placed on a bureau or dresser, once a family upgrades to a flat screen television.

The majority of these deaths — around 62 percent — are from improperly secured television sets, which can weigh an average 50 to 100 pounds. A great number of these accidents result in severe head injuries. There were 41 tip-over fatalities in 2011, which is the highest number, compared with 31 in 2010 and 27 deaths in 2009.

The agency urges parents take extra measures to ensure large appliances and furniture are stabilized and properly installed in their home, and also to educate their children about the dangers of climbing on furniture. As the watchdog for consumer product safety, the CPSC offers several tips to prevent tip-over accidents at home:

  • Anchor all furniture to the walls or floors.
  • Secure TVs to the tops of furniture that are customized to hold such devices.
  • Cover appliance cords and cable wires and keep them out of reach from children.
  • Use brackets for free-standing kitchen appliances and stoves.
  • Childproof your entire home and don’t leave children unsupervised in rooms where furniture, TVs, and other appliances have not been properly secured.

What To Do If You Have a Health Emergency

unduhan-33Tom Kirsch, MD, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is an emergency medicine expert who has been part of disaster relief efforts for 25 years. He’s weathered plenty of storms — including Hurricane Katrina — rescued civilians during wildfires, and provided emergency care during 9/11.

In general, Dr. Kirsch advises anyone in late-term pregnancy or with a serious, chronic condition – such as diabetes or cancer – to consider staying temporarily where there is sufficient access to medical care.

Frequently, he says, ambulances are unable to get where they need to when heavy rain and wind pick up during a hurricane. While it’s always best to call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency, Kirsch stresses that there is absolutely no guarantee emergency care can be provided. “If you have a significant medical condition, you need to leave” – meaning evacuate to a location where you can get care if needed.

However, Kirsch recognizes that not everyone is able or willing to evacuate their homes. And for those individuals, his advice is simple: “If you choose to stay, you need to be able to take care of yourself and others.” Here are some simple ways to do that.

  • Be sure you have your meds. If you require daily medication, the Red Cross recommends you have at least three days’ worth of your prescription drugs on-hand. In Kirsch’s experience, it’s always best to have more than that. He says five-day supply s is usually more than sufficient.
  • Know basic first aid and CPR. “A lot of people buy first-aid kits but don’t know how to use them,” says Kirsch. Though at this juncture it may be too late to learn the basics, consider taking a free class at your local Red Cross for future preparedness. Kirsch notes that there are short-term classes to learn CPR basics, as well as classes to learn more complex first-aid essentials such as how to stop bleeding and dress a wound.
  • Stay in touch with your neighbors. Knowing who is close by is a simple way to stay safe. But this advice works both ways, says Kirsch. If you know your elderly or pregnant neighbor is home alone, it’s important to reach out should they need anything.
  • Be sure your phones work and are fully charged. Consider, also, downloading one of the many smartphone apps that have been created for disaster emergencies such as Hurricane Sandy. The Red Cross has apps with basic first aid tips and one made especially to help you stay safe during a hurricane.