Community Informer National UV Safety Month

Manatee County Health Department
Healthy News for Manatee County
July 2010
July Events
Fireworks Safety Months
Eye Injury Prevention
UV Safety Month
 July 1-7:
Clean Beaches Week
National UV Safety Month
With the heat of the summer comes over exposure,
sun burn and risk of skin cancer.
Here are some tips to keep you safe
during these hot summer months.
 July 11-17:
National Therapeutic
Recreation Week
 July 17-22:
35th Annual Wellness
Conference, National
Wellness Institute
 July 18-24:
Everyone Deserves a
Massage Week
Sun Safety Tips
Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher—reapply every 2 hours
Avoid tanning beds: UV rays can cause skin cancer
Do not burn: burning increases your risk of skin cancer
Keep newborns out of the sun
(use sunscreen for babies 6 months or older)
See your doctor: yearly check-ups can detect cancer early
Sunburns happen even on cloudy days
UV rays still do skin damage when it’s cloudy
Examine your skin:
(do head to toe inspection monthly)
July has been officially recognized as Eye Injury Prevention Month.
For this reason, a focus is placed on protecting your eyes in various environments,
including the workplace.
Eye injuries of all types occur at a rate of more than 2,000 per day.
An estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur every day in American workplaces alone.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that almost 70% of the eye injuries studied
occur from falling or flying objects, or sparks striking the eye.
The best way to prevent injury to the eye is to always wear the appropriate eye protection.
Surprisingly, the BLS reports that approximately three out of every five workers injured were
either not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or were wearing the wrong kind of eye
protection for the job. To be effective, eyewear must fit properly and be designed to effectively
protect workers while they work. It is estimated that over 90% of eye injuries are preventable
with the use of proper safety eyewear. The Occupational Safety Health Administration, OSHA,
has standards that require employers to provide their workers with the appropriate eye protection.
In addition to the proper safety eyewear, early detection and treatment of eye conditions and
diseases are essential to maintaining good vision at every stage of life. According to the American
Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), children with a family history of childhood vision problems should
be screened for common childhood eye problems before the age of 5. Although most young adults
have healthy vision, if eye problems such as visual changes, pain, flashes of light, seeing spots,
excessive tearing or excessive dryness occur, they should see an eye doctor.
Adults between the ages of 40 and 65 should have an eye exam every two to four years.
Adults over the age of 65 should have an eye exam at least every one to two years.
Ultimately, the key to preventing eye injuries is to take a more proactive approach to
sustaining healthy eyes and good vision.
Below are websites with additional information:
 Eye & Face Protection E-Tool DOL:
 American Academy of Ophthalmology:
 Workplace Eye Safety:
Resource: Federal Occupational Health:
June & July
Review Our Safety Tips...
 Use fireworks outdoors only.
 Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
 Always have water handy (a hose or bucket).
 Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
 Never relight a "dud" firework.
Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
 Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the
shooter should wear safety glasses.
 Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
 Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers or fire-
works of any type.
 Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: they can kill you! Report
illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
 The National Council on Fireworks Safety invites you to celebrate our nation's
heritage on the Fourth of July, but celebrate safely.
National Council on Firework Safety,
Resource: National Council on Firework Safety:
Four Layers of Pool Safety
First layer of protection starts with you
 For children, pool safety starts with the caregiver
 Persistent supervision will help keep your little ones from accessing the pool area
 Limit distractions for those who are supervising children
Second layer: inside the home
Door alarms should be on all exterior doors leading to pool area
Access to exterior doors should be limited to adults
Childproof door locks should be in place
Have a clear view of the pool from inside the house
Third layer: outside the home
The backyard should be fenced
A safety fence should surround the pool
Self-closing gates should be included on the pool fence
Alarms should be placed on gates
Keep furniture away from the fence: little ones love to climb!
Hot tubs should have a locking cover
Fourth layer: the pool area
Keep toys & floating objects out of the pool when not in use
Remove trip hazards away from the pool’s edge
Keep water levels 3-4 inches from the top
Wave alarms can be placed in the pool
Pool covers can be used when pool is not in use
Have a designated supervisor for children in or near the pool
Manatee County Health Department Services
WIC Clinic Sites
For information call:
748-0747 ext. 1368 or 1292
● Manatee County Health Department
410 6th Ave. E., Bradenton
Health Clinics
Immunization Clinic: 748-0747, ext. 1269
(no appointment necessary unless for travel vaccines)
Monday—Friday 8:00-11:30 a.m./1:00- 4:30 p.m.
Open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p m.
 Pine Village Apartments
Telephone 727-6518
1107 56th Terrace. E., Bradenton
Family Planning:748-0747, ext. 1268
Monday— Friday 7:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
1st through 4th Thursday of each month,
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
 Tillman Full Service Center
STD Clinic: 748-0747, ext. 1268 by appointment or walk in
Monday—Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Telephone 721-2241
1450 28th St. Ct. E., Palmetto
1st through 4th Tuesday of each month,
8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
 Family Planning Outreach Clinic
Telephone 727-6518
Pine Village Apartment Complex
1107 56th Terrace East, Bradenton,
TB Clinic PPDs: 748-0747, ext. 1264
New clients on Wednesday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.,
Medicine pick-up: Mon. & Tues. 8:00 a.m.- 4:40 p.m.
Regualr Clinic: (4th Fri. only 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)
or Mon., Tues., Wed., & Fri. 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. /1:30 -4:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday 10 am—2 pm
Offering birth control, Depo and
Wellness Clinic: . 748-0747 ext. 1333 Walk-ins welcome; ap-
pregnancy testing.
pointments available: Immigration, Employment, Adult /Child
School Entrance, Sports Exams, Immunizations, PPDs, Laboratory Testng. Health Screenings by appointment Mon.-Fri.
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Bradenton, Florida 34208
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