COLD WEATHER: KEEP WARM AND SAFE
With the cold weather, we retreat to our homes for warmth and
comfort. Keep your home environment safe for you and your family.
Here are a few tips:
Carbon Monoxide can be an unseen danger. Every home needs a carbon
monoxide detector as well as a smoke detector in the house. Check
the batteries to ensure that these detectors are functioning properly.
Since carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless. Levels can
build up causing illness and even death. Check heaters such as your
furnace, gas water heater or portable heaters for leaks.
It’s fun to prepare special recipes and sit by a warm fireplace,
but make sure your stove and fireplace are properly vented. Before
you throw anything into the fireplace, think about the fuel source.
Treated woods, painted woods and printed papers can be toxic. Do
not heat your house with a gas oven. Generators should not be run
in an enclosed space.
Space heaters require special caution. Make sure that they are not
too close to walls, draperies or combustibles. Be careful with children
crawling or running near these heat sources. Newer models have automatic
shut off and timers that give added safety to these devices. Remember
kerosene space heaters are illegal in New York City. UL rated extension
cords must be used. Make sure they are not frayed or worn.
Place fire extinguishers on each floor of your home and in the kitchen.
Make sure to use an all-purpose extinguisher in the kitchen so it
can be used on grease and electrical fires. Keep them out of the
reach of young children.
Use the indoor winter months to practice home fire safety. Create
your home fire escape plan, marking all doors and windows and the
location of each smoke alarm. If windows or doors have security
bars, equip them with quick-release devices. Review the plan with
your family. Get them involved in making that plan. Locate two escape
routes from each room and mark them on the plan. Choose a meeting
place a safe distance from your home and draw it on the escape plan.
Create your escape plan now.
It's never too soon to teach fire safety education to your children.
Children should know how to exit a fire immediately. Teach them
not to hide in closets or under beds. Discuss the home escape plan,
which exits to choose and how to stay low and go. Remind all your
family members to get out and never go back for pets and belongings.
Candles create a festive environment and set the mood for fun. Unfortunately
candle fires continue to be a growing problem. Never leave a candle
burning unless you are in the room. Be cautious with candles near
children. Decorations can be become fuel for fire in a moment when
candles are burning.
Keep your home environment cleaner and safer by making it a smoke
free space. Getting rid of cigarettes and cigars keeps the air fresher
, the occupants safer and everyone much healthier.
Keep your home and your family safe this winter. Protect your most
precious assets, your family and loved ones.
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THE ABC'S AND MORE OF SKIN SURVEILLANCE
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. More than one million
people in this country this year will be diagnosed with some type
of skin cancer Fortunately it is the most curable, especially if
The best way to find skin cancers early is to keep an eye on your
skin, especially moles. The ABCDE rules can help you remember what
to look for when you are checking the moles on your skin. If you
notice any of these signs, talk to your doctor right away.
The ABCDE rules for signs of skin cancer are:
A: for ASYMMETRY: a mole that when divided in half
doesn't look the same on both sides.
B: for BORDERS: a mole with edges that are blurry
C: for COLOR CHANGES: in the color of a mole including
darkening, spread of color, loss of color or the appearance of multiple
colors such as blue, red, white, pink, purple or gray.
D: for DIAMETER: a mole larger than ¼ inch in diameter
(larger than the head of a pencil)
E: for ELEVATION: a mole that is raised above the skin
and has an uneven surface.
These rules can help you as you examine your skin. Sun exposure
remains a risk factor, so avoid sun and wear sun block. When you
examine your skin look at the sun exposed as well as the less exposed
areas of your skin, even your toes and webspaces. Don't assume because
you have had a mole for a long time that it must be fine.
Take the time to look at your skin and the skin of your family members.
Early detection saves lives.
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SPOUSE/PARTNER OUTREACH FORUM
Come to The Other Side of the Firehouse's Spouse/Partner Outreach
Forum and meet others who love and live with firefighters as well
as listen to guest speakers examining topics relevant to you and
your family's health.
In November, come find out about the help that is available to
firefighters and how the Counseling Service Unit can better serve
you and your family.
In January, February, and March we focus on teen drinking, children
issues, and couples' dynamics. We will also examine coping with
stress, depression, and anxiety in order to increase personal wellness.
The topics for April and May will be determined by your suggestions
All counseling and public education
services are provided free of charge. Project Liberty is funded
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Center
for the Mental Health Services. This series is presented in
collaboration with the IAFF, UFA, and UFOA.
Please RSVP prior to each meeting
so we can be sure to accommodate everyone:
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Service Connected injuries that require treatments, specialized
testing, physical therapy etc require an authorization prior
to treatment. Members are advised that when they obtain authorization(s)
for treatment, they must present the authorization to the
vendor before treatment is rendered.
Keep in mind that authorizations must be submitted with the
bill from the vendor. Vendors who fail to submit authorizations
with bills risk substantial delays in Compensation payments.
This issue of Health Connections represents the 1st anniversary
of the newsletter issued by the Bureau of Health Services
(BHS) in collaboration with the Counseling Services Unit (CSU).
We are very interested in hearing comments about prior issues
or ideas and suggestions about topics for upcoming editions.
Health Connections is issued monthly. Please submit any ideas
Director of the Bureau of Health Services
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Dr. Kerry Kelly
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. David Prezant
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Director, FDNY CSU
Mary T. McLaughlin
Director, FDNY BHS