Firework Safety

Firework Safety

As the 4th of July celebrations approach, it is a good time to consider fireworks and firework safety. Fireworks are so exciting and beautifully mesmerizing it is very easy to forget how dangerous they can be to adults and especially children. Here are a few firework safety tips to help keep you and your family safe during the upcoming celebrations.

Consider attending public fireworks displays. The safest way for you and your family to enjoy fireworks is by attending a local public firework display, staged by professionals.

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Use only legal fireworks. If you choose to use your own fireworks, purchase and use only legal consumers fireworks. These fireworks have to be tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and meet requirements regarding composition, pyrotechnics and stability of the components under heat and exposure. Making your own fireworks is both unwise and illegal.

Even “safe” fireworks like sparklers require supervision. Considered the “safest” of consumer fireworks, sparklers cause more than 50% of firework injuries in children. Children do not understand that after the sparkler stops “sparkling” the burnt wire core remains dangerously hot. Sparklers burn at temperatures above 1800 degrees F and will easily cause severe skin burns or set clothing on fire. Children too young to understand the dangers should not be allowed to handle lit sparklers unsupervised.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. It is not safe to use fireworks when you are under the influence. Drugs and alcohol impair your judgement and reflexes and you may take unsafe risks that may cost you a finger, eye or much worse.

Storing fireworks. Keep the unused fireworks in a safe, dry location away from those that you are lighting. And keep them locked up or at least under supervision.

Duds. Relighting dud fireworks is extremely dangerous. If you feel that you must relight a firework that has failed, wait for 15-20 minutes. A safer alternative is to wait 15-20 minutes and then soak the dud thoroughly in a bucket of water and dispose of it safely later.

Avoid the most dangerous (and often illegal) fireworks. Serious fireworks injuries including lost fingers and eyes, severe burns, and even deafness are most often caused by the most powerful explosive fireworks like M-80s, cherry bombs, and ash cans. Bottle rockets also present many dangers if the rocket explodes in the bottle, travels where you least expect it to or explodes when you foolishly try to launch it from your hand. Bottle rockets cause countless emergency room visits and often result in eye injuries. Follow these firework safety tips and enjoy a safe, fun and happy 4th of July!

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How to Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle Balance

How to Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle Balance

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If you search the meaning of the word balance you get, “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” So does this exist in real life, is there something even remotely matching the real “balance” or is all chaotic, let’s explore.

Let’s look at everyday of our life, we work too much, get tired, don’t get time for our hobbies, our loved ones, we don’t get to eat the right food, just whatever is available and quick since we can’t wait to hit the sack, but isn’t that the life we chose?

Maybe, maybe not, but we can agree that it does need to change a bit, change for the better. We want everything: work, life, love, health, friends, solitude, so balancing them is a really difficult task, because as I said earlier about balance, it is an “even” distribution, so again the question arises is “balance” really possible or is it just a myth, maybe, just maybe, the real balance may not be possible, but a good solid readjustment to your life can create a good, healthy, full filling, and a happy life.

I know what you are thinking, just some readjustment?

Yes, just some.

The very first adjustment you can make, is right now and that is “pause”, just drop everything that has been going on in that super computer brain of yours, just stop, although not cold turkey stopp, but slowly and calmly leave all the worries and become a bit light headed. The problem with this is, well in the words of Alan Watts, “When we are taught to think as a child, we start thinking and keep thinking until we try to stop but then it’s like beating running water with a tire iron, you’ll just stir it up”, but listen, try and feel your surroundings and let go of everything and “pause” from time to time. It’ll help you to prioritize.

The second is go into a third person mode, ever played third person games?, do the same with yourself, just as much as you are capable of seeing your character’s surrounding, see your surroundings, look into the future, the past, the present, look at everything like you are examining someone else’s life, take notes on what needs to be changed, what needs to be put up in the attic and what needs to be done with the junk. This can give you some perspective.

The third one is “take action”, to make a choice is easy, you might have made of choice of working out everyday, or cross fit every other day, or yoga, or learning a new skill, but the thing is you never got around to doing that, because all you did was made a choice, you never made a commitment to that choice. Making a choice and a commitment are two separate entities. So take down that calendar, pick up that pen, mark that date because now you have made a commitment, whatever it is, you’ll fight to stick to those dates, you’ll fight to keep yourself in the race, because you are the best there ever was, or ever will be because no one can be you, like you can!

Last but not the least “be positive”, I know, I know, it’s over clichéd, but being positive is not about watching comedy, making jokes, hanging out with friends, or other similar stuff, that makes your brain momentarily happy which in turn makes it think that its positive. But being positive means having a healthy and realistic attitude towards life, its about eating healthy, getting that 8 hour nap, writing positively, cutting off negative people from your life, or whatever you know you need is what “be positive” means.

Life is all about changes, sometimes we change, people around us change, our circumstances change, whether we want them to or not. Plan ahead as best as you can, go with the flow and be proactive!

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Happy Graduation!

Happy Graduation!

This is the best part of a young person’s life, this is time that you are scared, this is the time that you see the world from a whole new perspective, this is the time that you graduate.

Have you ever seen a really small child, in his mother’s arm, glaring into the world, looking at it with amazement that his little mind struggles to make sense of? The reality is it’s not the look of amazement but more of staring blankly into the abyss. Do you know why? The reason is simple he doesn’t know what he is looking at, so what happens, as adults we make him understand that every day, everything is a miracle. And that is the exact same concept that is applied to the way we live, we are told about it, taught about the way things are, the way they have been and the way they should be.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

The way we are told to live our life is pretty simple; you study, graduate, raise a family, earn a living, and then just die, and the cycle is repeated again with your kids, but what if I told you that it doesn’t have to be that way?

That every single moment that you live and breathe is yours and yours alone, if you are young and are stepping out into the real world, you have to know that these years are the best years of your life.

You are lucky! If you want more than the world intended for you.

You are lucky! If you want more than just a job!

You are lucky! If you want to find your passion!

Because it is not the things that we do, but the ones we don’t that we regret on our deathbed. So the most important duty we owe to ourselves is that we have to find out what we love, no matter what it takes, find out what it is you want and go out there and get it.

You owe it to yourself to find out what your passion is, what gets you thrilled and chilled as you wake up in the morning and can’t wait to do. You have to find that out on your own.

You have a choice, remember this no matter what it is, where it is, you always have a choice, so make a choice and make it quick because time is always ticking away, and never go after something you don’t love, if you get a job that you don’t like just for the money, you’ll regret it as no amount of wealth can make a person happy then doing what they actually believe they are meant to do.

June is Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Month

 

June is Men’s Health Month, an annual month-long event centered around Father’s Day intended to help raise awareness of health issues important to men. Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country through health screenings and fairs, media promotion, and health education and outreach activities designed to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease.

 

The goal of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness of preventable men’s health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases including:

 

Prostate Cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men. Symptoms of prostate cancer vary but are similar to those of an enlarged prostate including difficulty urinating, frequent urination, weak or interrupted urine stream, and blood in the urine. Men over 50 and those with a family history of cancer have a greater chance of developing prostate cancer. Screening for prostate cancer through a Prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test or by a digital rectal exam may allow for early detection and treatment.

 

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. More than 150,000 people die from lung cancer annually and 90% of lung cancers are linked to cigarette smoking. Screening is recommended for people at high risk based on their smoking history and age or prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke and may allow for early detection and treatment. The most important step you can take to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking (or to never start).
Colorectal Cancer or “colon cancer” affects both men and women and is the second-leading cancer killer. This form of cancer is most often found in people 50 years of age or older. A colonoscopy can locate precancerous polyps which can then be removed before becoming cancerous. Screening also helps detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment may lead to a cure. Nine out of ten people whose colorectal cancers are found and treated early are still alive five years later.

 

Bladder Cancer is similar to prostate cancer and may, in fact, be a result of cancer of the prostate growing or metastasizing (spreading) from the prostate. Recent research suggests that bladder cancer may also be the result of environmental factors, chemical exposure, smoking and diet (specifically Saccharin). Chronic bladder infections have also been linked to bladder cancer. Bladder cancer affects approximately 200,000 primarily older adults annually. The most common symptom is blood in the urine and is treatable if diagnosed early. Bladder cancer is persistent and known to recur, follow-up tests are recommended.

 

Skin Cancer (Melanoma) Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are three types of skin cancers, the two most common are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas (cancers) both of which are curable. The third skin cancer Melanoma, is more aggressive and lethal, while not the most common of the skin cancers, it does cause the most deaths. Skin cancers are most often caused by exposure to ultraviolet sunlight. Changes in the skin, a sore that will not heal, a new growth or a change in the size, shape or color of a mole are the most common signs of skin cancer. Frequent full body skin examinations and identifying abnormalities will increase the chances of early detection and treatment through a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.