Tag Archive: Safe

Water Smarts To Keep Kids Safe

Photo Credit: Vicki Vargason On June 20, 2015, a two-year-old boy in Bay County, Florida, drowned in his family’s above-ground pool after being able to get out of the house undetected. Drowning is a very real risk for young children, especially in Florida. Drowning is quick and silent. A child can drown in less than …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/26/water-smarts-to-keep-kids-safe/

The Idyllic Picnic – Make It a Safe One!

It’s that time of year…Summertime! What could be more enjoyable than a summer picnic? Along the Gulf Coast, all you need is a sunny day, white sand beach, and a menu to remember. However, poor planning can turn a picnic into a small disaster, so first, check the weather forecast because a rainstorm can put …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/26/the-idyllic-picnic-make-it-a-safe-one/

Be Prepared. Be Ready. Stay Safe: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014

May 25 – 31, 2014 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week is a good time to prepare your family, property, and pets for severe weather situations. The dangers of a hurricane are numerous:  heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and in our coastal areas, high tide and rip currents. UF/IFAS Extension has information to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/28/be-prepared-be-ready-stay-safe-national-hurricane-preparedness-week-2014/

Be Clean and Safe in the Laundry Room

Photo credit: American Cleaning Institute Are you familiar with the new single-load liquid laundry packets?  They are a convenient new laundry product which contains highly concentrated detergent in single pouches.  However, if not stored properly, the packets can pose a danger to curious young children leading to injury from ingestion or exposure to the eyes.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/14/be-clean-and-safe-in-the-laundry-room/

Food Recalls Help Keep Consumers Safe

Handle food safely and stay informed about food recalls. Have you paid attention to any of the recent food recalls?  In February 2014, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued consumer food recalls and alerts for a variety of food safety reasons.  Product recalls warned …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/11/food-recalls-help-keep-consumers-safe/

Tips for a Tasty (and Safe) Thanksgiving Dinner

The highlight of many Thanksgiving meals is the turkey –juicy, golden brown, and delicious!  Before and after it reaches the table, however, follow these steps to reduce your guests’ risk of foodborne illness. Thaw the turkey safely: In the refrigerator at 40oF or below– allow 24 hours for every 5 pounds.  Place the turkey in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/26/tips-for-a-tasty-and-safe-thanksgiving-dinner/

Keep Pumpkin Pies Safe This Holiday Season!

Store homemade pumpkin pies in the refrigerator. To refrigerate pumpkin pies or not to refrigerate? That is the question. You have seen pumpkin pies in the bakery section of supermarkets not refrigerated and you wonder if you can do the same at home. Unfortunately, homemade pumpkin pies need special care to prevent foodborne illness.  Pumpkin …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/05/keep-pumpkin-pies-safe-this-holiday-season/

Summertime Grilling – Keep it Safe!

Kids out of school, going to the beach, barbequing in our back yards, these are just a few signs that summer is really here! And with that comes some extremely hot days, especially here in Florida. As you welcome summer, we want to remind you that safe grilling practices are the key to making your …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/01/summertime-grilling-keep-it-safe/

April is Safe Digging Month

This month, recognized by the Senate and Florida’s governor, reminds diggers why calling 811 before all outdoor digging projects is important to your safety. Before installing a mailbox, fence, deck, garden or tree make sure to call Sunshine 811 to have underground lines marked.  811 is the free national number designated by the Federal Communications …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/04/12/april-is-safe-digging-month/

Keeping Your Melons Safe

Marjorie Moore County Extension Director Bay County mreem@ufl.edu Melons are one of nature’s greatest gifts.  But, did you know that this precious food commodity can pose a risk if not handled and stored properly?  Melons are exposed to microorganisms from the soil as well as pests because they are grown on the ground.  That’s why …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/03/01/keeping-your-melons-safe/