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May 01, 2018

Grass may cause injuries!

 

For most people, mowing the lawn is either a chore or a relaxing time to work outdoors. For about 70,000 people this year, mowing the lawn will turn into a brush with death or serious injury. The statistics, from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, are harrowing: Each year 800 children are run over by riding mowers or small tractors; 75 people are killed, and 20,000 injured; one in five deaths involves a child.  Let’s face it, lawnmowers are dangerous tools, but they are so common that people may not treat them seriously. Underneath the mower deck is a steel cutting blade spinning at more than 2000 revolutions per minute. Depending on its length, the blade tip may be moving at 200 mph.  An injury from contacting the blade is not the only danger from a running mower. The blade speed can turn rocks, stick, or other debris into deadly projectiles. And don’t forget, the mower engine itself gets hot enough to ignite gasoline or cause third-degree burns, the most serious kind. For riding mowers, other dangers include tipping the mower over on a hill, losing control of the mower, or accidentally backing over an object or person.

Here are safety tips when mowing the lawn

  • Make sure your mower is in good condition. Look it over before each use; when something breaks, have it repaired. A poorly running mower may lead the operator to take unnecessary risks.
  • Dress appropriately. Don’t mow barefoot or in flip-flops. Wear good shoes that provide traction, safety glasses, and close fitting clothes that can’t be caught in a gear or engine.
  • Never run the mower without its safety equipment. Most walk-behind mowers come with a dead-man switch, which shuts the mower off and applies a blade brake when the operator releases the handle. Don’t remove this switch or tie it down. Mowers also come with a guard on the discharge chute. This guard, usually plastic, directs the mower discharge down into the ground. When the mower strikes a rock, the chute can keep it from breaking a window or striking a person. If the chute clogs while you are mowing, shut the mower off and use a stick to clear it. Then, raise the mower deck or wait until the grass dries out before continuing. Never tie the chute up. If you need to fill up the gas tank, shut off the mower and let it cool before filling the tank. Take a break and get some water before filling; if you’ve run the tank dry, you’ll need it.
  • Before you mow, check the lawn for loose objects that could turn into a projectile if struck. When mowing a slope with a riding mower, mow up and down the slope to prevent tipping over. If you are using a walk-behind, mow across the slope to avoid slipping under the mower
  • Look out for others, especially children. Make sure children, pets, and others are a safe distance from the mower. Children can unexpectedly dart into the mowing path or fail to move when the mower is backing up toward them.
  • Use safety glasses when mowing grass.  Bits of grass, dirt, leaves and other objects can be discharged from the mower, rebound off adjacent buildings, and fences and hit your face.  Glasses also protect your eyes on windy days.  Carry snug-fitting leather gloves for the purpose of removing plugged grass or making adjustments to the mower. 
  • Always mow when grass is dry.  Wet grass can cause your feet to slip.  The mower can also slip in wet conditions.  If you slip, your feet and legs can come in contact with the mower’s blades, causing injury or loss of limbs.  Wet grass can also clog the mower!
  • Never leave the mower unattended while the engine is running!

 

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

June 01, 2018

June is National Safety Month

 

Safety is an everyday activity

 

National safety month is in June and is used to teach about important safety issues such as prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, ergonomics, emergency preparedness, slips, trips, and falls. As a comuntity we can learn about these issues and become safer human beings.

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

 

•Prescription painkiller abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growingproblem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women dieevery day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as manyas back in 1999.

 

•Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating–distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes(17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.

 

•Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead tobroken bones and other health problems.

 

 

How to help Seniors

 

To help protect your seniors at home, follow these simple safeguards:

  • Set the water heater thermostat at 120° F or lower to prevent accidental scalding.
  • Ensure handrails are sturdy and securely fastened.
  • Update the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Keep a lamp or flashlight and telephone within reach of the bed.
  • Add extra lighting where needed throughout the home.
  • Secure all electrical cords out of foot traffic.
  • Make sure all entrance doors are secured with deadbolt locks.
  • Remove any loose rugs or carpeting without a nonslip backing.

 

Here are some general tips to prevent injury from contact with objects

 

  • Neatly store lose items

 

  • Secure items that are stored at a height

 

  • Store heavy items close to the floor

 

  • Open one filling cabinet drawer at a time to prevent tip-over

 

  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment for your environment, such as steel-toed shoes

 

  • Always walk behind moving equipment, if possible

 

  • Never obstruct your vison by overloading moving equipment

 

  • Only operate equipment that you are properly trained to use

 

  • Make sure all the safety devices on your equipment are in good working order before use

 

  • Use extra caution around corners near doorways

 

 

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

June 01, 2018

June is PHYSICAL FITNESS MONTH

 

Getting exercise helps maintain a strong, healthy body.  Regardless of age, you should be getting some form of daily physical activity.  Physical activities may include walking, swimming, dancing, running, football, jump rope, hiking, skipping, rollerblading, etc.  In children and teenagers, physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.

           

Adults can help lower their risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. They can also improve cognitive functioning such as learning and judgment skills.

 

Five components of physical fitness:

 

  • CARDIOVASCULAR ENDURANCE: This refers to your body’s ability to carry oxygen throughout your body due to the working of your heart and lungs together. Exercises to improve cardiovascular endurance include jogging, swimming, and cycling.

 

  • MUSCLE STRENGTH: This type of strength refers to the amount of force a muscle can exert in a single effort. Bicep curls, leg presses, and bench presses can measure a person’s muscle strength.

 

  • MUSCLE ENDURANCE: Muscle endurance is the ability a muscle can perform with continuous effort without fatigue. Fitness techniques to help improve this include cycling, step machines, and sit ups.

 

  • FLEXIBILITY: Flexibility refers to the ability of each joint to show a full range of motion. Exercises to focus on improving this include stretching individual muscles or doing exercises such as lunges.

 

  • BODY COMPOSITION: This refers to the amount of body fat you have versus lean muscles, bones, and organs. Several tests can be used to measure this.

 

It is important to get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day in order to maintain a healthy body!

 

 

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

June 13, 2018

JCP&L offers the following information about partial restoration and customer call backs.

  • In a major storm, it is necessary to make temporary repairs-cutting a wire, opening a circuit, replacing a fuse-to make an area extra safe and restore power to as many customers as possible before returning to complete the work.
  • This process helps JCP&L assess the damage and prioritize the work.
  • If crews leave your area to make temporary repairs elsewhere, be assured they will return to complete the work.
  • In a major storm, more than one repair may be needed to restore your service.
  • We will call you once we have made repairs needed to restore your service.  You can let us know if you are still without power. If so, it’s often a problem with the line connected directly to your home.

June 13, 2018

We have just been notified that the County has a zero tolerance policy on recycling in plastic bags. Therefore, the garbage company will not collect any recycling that is in plastic bags.  They will leave it at the curb.

Please place recycling loose in a container at the curb to ensure it will be collected.

Containers should not be larger then 64 gallons.

June 24, 2018

June 27th is NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY

 

An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and that number grows by almost 50,000 every year. One in eight people who have HIV don't know it. That means they aren't getting the medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid passing HIV to others.  CDC has found that more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people who have HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. Early linkage to and retention in HIV care is central to managing HIV and promoting health among all people living with HIV. HIV medicines can keep people with HIV healthy for many years, and greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to their sex partners.

HIV signs and symptoms

Many people do not develop symptoms after getting infected with HIV. Others have a flu-like illness within several days to weeks after exposure to the virus. They complain of fever, headache, tiredness, and enlarged lymph glands in the neck. These symptoms usually disappear on their own within a few weeks. 

  • Following initial infection, you may have no symptoms. The progression of disease varies widely among individuals. This state may last from a few months to more than 10 years.
  • During this period, the virus continues to multiply actively and infects and kills the cells of the immune system. The immune system allows us to fight against the bacteria, viruses, and other infectious causes
  • The virus destroys the cells that are the primary infection fighters, called CD4+ or T4 cells.

Once the immune system is weakened, a person infected with HIV may develop some of these symptoms:

  • Frequent fevers
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of energy
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Mouth, genital, or anal sores from herpes infections

Learn the facts of HIV

  • Learn the basics about HIV, how to prevent HIV transmission, and the steps you can take to protect yourself and others.
  • Talk about what you learn with your friends and other people who are important to you.
  • Get tested for HIV.  You can ask your health care provider to test you for HIV. Many medical clinics, substance abuse programs, community health centers, and hospitals offer HIV testing. Testing is often free of charge.

Be involved

HIV testing is only one step. We can all do something to help stop HIV. Here are some ideas about how you and your friends can get involved.

  • Share your knowledge of HIV or your personal HIV story with others. One of the best ways to increase awareness is through a personal connection with others.
  • Use social media to increase HIV awareness.
  • Support people living with HIV. Have an open, honest conversation about staying safe and healthy. Listen to the challenges that people living with HIV face and provide support for their special needs.
  • Volunteer in the community

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

June 24, 2018

June 24th- 30th is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

 

What is Lightning?

 

Lightning is the occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder. Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 49 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured.

 

 

Lightning Safety Tips

 

  • Lightning is one of the most erratic and unpredictable characteristics of a thunderstorm
  • Most lightning victims are not struck during the worst of a thunderstorm but rather before or after the storm reaches its greatest intensity.
  • Lightning can strike as far as 25 miles away from its thunderstorm
  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance so seek shelter indoors
  • WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS...and stay there until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder
  • Determine where you will seek shelter in the event of a thunderstorm and how long it would take to reach that shelter. A sturdy, enclosed structure with plumbing and electrical wiring is safest, but if one is not available most enclosed metal vehicles are safe alternatives.
  • During your outdoor activities, keep an eye to the sky for developing thunderstorms. If thunder is heard, if lightning is seen, or even if thunderclouds are developing, get to your place of shelter without delay!
  • Lightning often strikes the same place or object repeatedly, especially if it's tall, pointy, and isolated. The Empire State Building is struck by lightning nearly 100 times each year.
  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area

 

 

During a thunderstorm, follow the following safety tips

 

  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.

 

Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. People struck by lightning can suffer permanent injuries or long-term symptoms including memory loss, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, irritability, weakness, fatigue, depression and others.

 

If someone has been struck by lightning

 

  • Check the scene for safety and then check the person. Call for help. Call 9-1-1. Anyone who has sustained a lightning strike requires professional medical care.
  • Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person has stopped breathing, have someone call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. If the person is breathing normally, look for other possible injuries and care for them as necessary. People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.

 

 

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576