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Tips to Stay Safe Wherever You Are

Staying safe no matter where you are doesn’t happen on its own. It takes conscious effort and planning to ensure you and your family are protected no matter where you are.

We’ve put together a list of the most common hazards and how to avoid them to help keep you and your family safe.

Staying Safe at Home

Your home is supposed to be your safe place, somewhere you can relax and enjoy your family. But, ensuring it remains the haven, you always dreamed of takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work and planning.

These are the top causes of household injuries

  • Poisoning, including accidental drug overdose
  • Falls
  • Drowning
  • Burns

Here are some easy ways for you to help prevent accidents around your home:

Preventing Poisonings

  • Keep all cleaning products out of reach of small children and pets. If possible, keep these items in a locked cabinet
  • Never put cleaning solutions or other chemicals in unlabeled containers. Always keep them in their original packaging or a clearly labeled container
  • Keep all medicines out of children’s reach
  • Ensure an adult is present whenever a child, elderly or disabled person takes their medication to ensure proper dosing
  • Check the plants in your garden and make sure none of them are poisonous
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Preventing Falls

Falls are the second leading cause of preventable fatal accidents and remain the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S.

  • Use barrier gates on stairs to prevent small children from falling
  • If you have toddlers at home, avoid using bunk beds
  • Rearrange furniture to ensure you have proper walkways around your home
  • Remove clutter from hallways and entryways
  • Invest in non-slip mats and rugs to prevent accidental slips
  • Install grip rails and non-slip mats in the bathroom
  • Tuck electrical cords away from any walkway in your home
  • Make sure walkways in and around your home have proper lighting
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Preventing Drownings

Accidental drownings are a leading cause of death in children ages 1-4.

  • Stay with your children when they are in or near water, including bathtubs and pools
  • Install a fence around your pool and keep it locked
  • Remove all toys from the pool area to prevent children from trying to reach them and accidentally falling into the water
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Preventing Burns

  • Keep hot items such as pots and pans in the kitchen, hair curlers, and irons well back from the edge of the stovetop, bathroom counter, tables, and ironing boards
  • Turn pan handles away from the edge of the stove
  • If you have small children around the home, it’s better to use placemats instead of tablecloths
  • If possible, try to have short or curly electrical cords that won’t dangle from the side of the furniture
  • Install a hot water tempering valve to prevent accidental burns in the bathroom and kitchen
  • Keep children away from open fires and grills
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Staying Safe at Work

A safe work environment requires clear guidelines and practices and a team effort to communicate, adhere to, and continuously improve safety standards within the workplace.

The top reasons for work-related injuries involve:

  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  • Overexertion and bodily reactions
  • Slips, trips, and falls
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Preventing Work-Related Injuries

As per the National Safety Council (NSC), harmful substances and environments in the workplace include electricity, noise, radiation, temperature extremes, air and water pressure changes, oxygen deficiency, contagious and infectious diseases, and stressful or traumatic events.

Safety tips:

  • Immediately report unsafe conditions
  • Keep your work area clean and clutter-free
  • Always wear protective gear when required
  • Be aware of your surroundings, look for spills, electrical cords, and other items that can cause a fall
  • Follow all safety protocols when using machinery, and only use them for their intended purpose
  • Stay hydrated
  • Practice good posture when lifting or sitting for extended periods
  • Take regular breaks
  • Never take procedural shortcuts as this can compromise your safety and that of others

Staying Safe While at Play

Playgrounds and sports fields are ideal for children to make friends, develop social and physical skills, and get some much-needed outdoor time. However, they can also be familiar places where kids get injured.

Most Common Injuries During Play

  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Concussions
  • Internal organ injuries
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Safety Tips

  • Always have an adult supervising children’s play
  • Ensure your kids only use age-appropriate playground equipment or practice a sport that is suitable for their age and physical condition
  • Teach your children the proper use of all protective gear
  • Make sure their shoelaces are tied and their footwear fits properly
  • Survey the playground for potential hazards, including broken glass, sharp-edged objects, rusty or broken playground equipment, tree stumps, or protruding rocks
  • Teach your children to play nice and never to push, shove, or hit their playmates
  • When possible, pick a playground with shock-absorbing surfaces such as sand, mulch, and synthetic turf

Safety is at the top of our priorities; together, we can help minimize the risks surrounding us daily. But no matter how careful we are, accidental injuries happen. When they do, you can count on Altus Emergency Centers to be there to care for you and your family.

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Memorial Day Safety Tips

Memorial Day Safety Tips

Top 5 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Memorial Day Weekend.

 

This Memorial Day, we encourage you to join us in paying tribute to our fallen heroes. Traditionally this special celebration is reserved for those courageous men and women in uniform who died protecting our freedom and way of life.

To all our heroes and their families, we are eternally grateful.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and everyone is eager to go out and have as much fun as possible. However, small oversights can turn into agonizing moments, at Altus ER Centers we are committed to help our communities stay safe, and therefore we have prepared a small list of Memorial Day Safety Tips to help you and your family enjoy this weekend.

Memorial Day Safety Tip #1

Food Safety

 

The weather around this time of year is perfect for a picnic or outdoor grilling. To avoid the risk of food poisoning, we recommend:

  • That perishable foods be refrigerated within 2 hours of purchase, if the temperature outside is 90°F or higher, food should be chilled within 1 hour.
  • While grilling or out on a picnic keep uncooked foods in a cooler.
  • To avoid cross contamination, keep meats separate from other perishables.
  • Cover food to avoid insects from depositing germs.

Memorial Day Safety Tip #2

Water Safety

 

National Safe Boating Week coincides with Memorial Day Weekend as a lot of people are expected to hit the waterways.  Even if you do not plan to be on a boat, there are some standard Memorial Day Safety Tips to keep in mind, in order to avoid a tragic accident:

  • Wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket that fits properly whenever you are on a boat.
  • Avoid alcohol when swimming, boating or tubing.
  • Designate an adult watcher/lifeguard to keep an eye on children in pools, at the beach, rivers or even hot tubs.
  • Never swim alone and try to stay within eyesight of a lifeguard station.
  • Do not go swimming, tubing or boating after sunset.

Memorial Day Safety Tip #3

Grill/Fire Safety

 

Emergency care centers see their share of burn victims because of unsafe grilling or bonfire practices. If your weekend plans include grilling or sitting near an open fire, please keep these Memorial Day Safety Tips in mind:

  • Never leave a grill or fire unattended, be mindful of the wind and extinguish all fires completely.
  • Do not grill indoors, keep grills, bonfires and fire pits away from low hanging branches and materials that can easily catch fire.
  • Make sure your grill is properly cleaned before using it, clogged gas burners, and leftover grease can cause a fire to spiral out of control within seconds.
  • When grilling, use the long handle utensils made especially for barbequing and keep an extinguisher nearby.
  • Never add starter fuel to already ignited charcoal & ALWAYS keep children and pets away from the grill and fire pit.

Memorial Day Safety Tip #4

Safe Sun Exposure

 

Here in Texas, it tends to get really hot. An important Memorial Day Safety Tip is to protect yourself and your family members from extended sun exposure to avoid sunburns or a heat stroke.

  • Wear SFP 15 or higher sunscreen, apply it 30 minutes before exposure and reapply every 2 hours.
  • Use sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and always drink plenty of water while celebrating outdoors.
  • If you or a family member feels faint or nauseous, move them to a cool place immediately, if necessary apply cold compresses to the back of their neck and forehead to help lower their body temperature.
  • If you have children, schedule their outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon, do not leave them unsupervised on a hot day.

Memorial Day Safety Tip #5

Travel Safely

 

This is one the busiest and dangerous travel weekends of the year, follow these Memorial Day Safety Tips to ensure your family’s safety:

  • Always wear seat belts and make sure child car seats are properly installed.
  • Have your car serviced before a long trip.
  • Plan your trip beforehand and give yourself extra travel time.
  • Never drink and drive or allow yourself or anyone else to get into a car with someone who has been drinking.

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

Food allergies are both serious and can be life-threatening.  For this reason, by being aware of the symptoms of a possible allergic reaction, you can help save a life.  It may be your own. If you observe any possible symptoms of a food allergic reaction, please keep in mind that you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers.  All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

Turkey Day is Here! It’s time to be thankful and to continue to stay safe.  This year has been quite unusual as it has impacted the whole world.  Never before have we felt the impact of how the planet earth is truly the home for all and what happens on one part of our world can impact us as a whole.  However, it has also revealed the incredible capacity of our communities to pull together and do our best to prevail.  As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s time to reflect on why we have so many reasons to be thankful this year.  After all, we’ve made it this far and we have survived!  As we are all in this together, let’s do our best to stay safe.  Please keep in mind the following Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020 to enjoy the holiday the safest way possible.

CDC Recommended Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

This year, many have been frustrated due to social isolation.  It is because of this that we are all truly looking forward to our Thanksgiving gatherings to spend those memorable moments with our beloved friends and family.  The CDC is recommending safety tips to ensure that we safeguard our most vulnerable loved ones to keep them safe.

  • Virtual celebrations are recommended for our most vulnerable family members
  • In-person celebrations should take place with the members of your direct household.
  • People who are not of the direct household should be considered to pose a risk.
  • Individuals coming from a community with a high level of COVID-19 will pose a higher risk.
  • The travel factor should be considered to alter the amount of risk.
  • Indoor gatherings will pose a higher risk than outdoor ones.
  • Larger groups tend to pose a higher risk than smaller ones.
  • Individuals of different households are recommended to “stay 6 feet (2 arm lengths) apart, wear masks, wash hands, and follow state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.”
  • Please keep in mind that the behavior of each individual will ultimately post a lower or higher risk depending on whether or not they are adhering to safety measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, proper handwashing & the use of drugs or alcohol.
  • If you currently have been diagnosed, have been exposed within the last 14 days, have symptoms, or are waiting for COVID-19 viral results, please consider participating during the Thanksgiving celebration by virtual means.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips 2020

This year the American Automobile Association (AAA), anticipates that for the first time since 2008, fewer US citizens will be traveling, in fact a potential 10% drop due to the pandemic & unemployment rate.  However, many will still seize this opportunity to visit family members.  For all who will be traveling, please keep in mind the following Thanksgiving Safety Travel Tips:

  • Plan ahead and find out about state and local restrictions as they will vary.  See the AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map .
  • Try to pack water and snacks to reduce the stops along the route, to help reduce the risk of exposure.
  • Check the weather along your route, make sure to subscribe to a service that can provide updates, and drive around storms never through.
  • Make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seat belts.
  • Follow all proper child seat and booster seat guidelines according to their age, height and weight.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t drive if you are extremely tired, it is better if you stop and rest for a bit, or have one of your companions take the wheel while you rest.
  • Do not text while you are driving, it is deadly and illegal.
  • Respect the speed limit, road signs, and general rules of the road.
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles.
  • Make sure your windshield is clean, and headlights, taillights, and signal lights are all working properly.
  • Turn your headlights on at dusk, or if it is raining.

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips are particularly important to keep in mind when cooking. For those of you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, safety should be your number one priority, there are many to consider:

Common Sense Food Safety Tips

  • Only people in good health illness-free should prepare the meal as viruses can spread to the guests.
  • Wash your hands before any food preparation.
  • Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils, countertops & stove thoroughly before and after food preparation.
  • Keep in mind any food allergies that guests may have when selecting the recipes.
  • Separate raw meat from other foods.
  • Throw away any perishable foods that have been out at room temperature for 2 hours or more.
  • Store leftovers safely by labeling containers with the contents and dates.

Turkey Safety

This is the star of the evening, and therefore it should be handled with extreme care when you are preparing it.

  • If you are buying a fresh turkey, wait until the last possible moment and certainly no more than 2 days before cooking it, keep it in the refrigerator at a 40°F or less.
  • If your turkey is frozen, the USDA recommends you thaw it in the fridge, alternately you could use cold water or the microwave if you are running short on time.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before handling any food to prevent the spread of infection and other illnesses.
  • Do not wash the turkey, this only serves to spread viruses and bacteria onto kitchen surfaces.
  • Keep the uncooked turkey separated from other foods to avoid contamination.
  • Cook the turkey until it reaches a temperature of 165°F, fully cooking the bird is the only way to ensure any bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses has been eliminated.

Cooking Safety

Sadly, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires.  The good news is that with a little preparation and some simple Thanksgiving Safety Tips as guidelines, these can easily be avoided.

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing and long dangling sleeves when cooking, to avoid your clothing catching fire.
  • Never leave the stove unattended.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove or oven as steam or splashing from hot liquids can cause severe burns.
  • Keep children away from knives and other sharp kitchen utensils.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
  • Keep items like kitchen towels, pot holders, oven mitts, and wooden utensils away from heat sources as they could catch fire.
  • Keep your kitchen clean, grease build-up can easily start a fire.
  • Before going to bed check the oven and stove top to ensure everything is turned off.
  • Store leftovers properly in the fridge.

Have a Safe & Blessed Thanksgiving Weekend From All of Us!

Altus and its staff are thankful for our communities, for demonstrating that together we can do anything; we are honored and humbled for the trust and loyalty you have shown us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to be here to help you and your loved ones during a medical emergency.

We want everyone to have a happy and most of all safe Thanksgiving this year, so please follow and share our Thanksgiving safety tips with others.  After all, llness and injury prevention is always the best policy.

 

It’s important to keep these Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020 to help prevent illnesses and accidents from happening.  However, it’s good to always have a plan in case that they do occur.  Please keep in mind that at Altus we are safe and open 24 hours throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you happen to seriously injure yourself or someone that’s with you gets hurt or get ill, we offer free medical screening, accept Medicare and have COVID-19 testing.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers!

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Turkey Day is Here! Be Thankful and Stay Safe

This has been a challenging year for most, and some of us are still recovering from the devastation hurricane Harvey caused, but, it is because of all these challenges that we have so much to be thankful for this year.

Altus Emergency Centers and its staff are thankful for our communities, for demonstrating that together we can do anything; we are honored and humbled for the trust and loyalty you have shown us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to still be here to help you and your loved ones during a medical emergency.

We want everyone to have a happy and most of all safe Thanksgiving this year, so please read on, and follow our Thanksgiving safety tips.  Injury prevention is always the best policy.

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Travel During Thanksgiving Safety Tips

This year the American Automobile Association (AAA), estimates that close to 51 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from their homes to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with family or friends, this means you should expect heavy traffic in the days leading to and after Turkey Day, so plan ahead, to avoid accidents and delays we recommend the following Thanksgiving Safety Tips:

  • Check the weather along your route, make sure to subscribe to a service that can provide updates, and drive around storms never through.

  • Make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelts.

  • Don’t drink and drive.

  • Don’t drive if you are extremely tired, it is better if you stop and rest for a bit, or have one of your companions take the wheel while you rest.

  • Do not text while you are driving, it is deadly and illegal.

  • Respect the speed limit, road signs, and general rules of the road.

  • Keep your distance from other vehicles.

  • Make sure your windshield is clean, and headlights, taillights, and signal lights are all working properly.

  • Turn your headlights on at dusk, or if it is raining.

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Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Thanksgiving Safety Tips are particularly important to keep in mind when cooking. For those of you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, safety should be your number one priority, there are many Thanksgiving Safety Tips to consider:

Turkey Safety

This is the star of the evening, and therefore it should be handled with extreme care when you are preparing it.

  • If you are buying a fresh turkey, wait until the last possible moment and certainly no more than 2 days before cooking it, keep it in the refrigerator at a 40°F or less.

  • If your turkey is frozen, the USDA recommends you thaw it in the fridge, alternately you could use cold water or the microwave if you are running short on time.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before handling any food to prevent the spread of infection and other illnesses.

  • Do not wash the turkey, this only serves to spread viruses and bacteria onto kitchen surfaces.

  • Keep the uncooked turkey separated from other foods to avoid contamination.

  • Cook the turkey until it reaches a temperature of 165°F, fully cooking the bird is the only way to ensure any bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses has been eliminated.

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Cooking Safety

Sadly, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires.  The good news is that with a little preparation and some simple Thanksgiving Safety Tips as guidelines, these can easily be avoided.

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing and long dangling sleeves when cooking, to avoid your clothing catching fire.

  • Never leave the stove unattended.

  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove or oven as steam or splashing from hot liquids can cause severe burns.

  • Keep children away from knives and other sharp kitchen utensils.

  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

  • Keep items like kitchen towels, pot holders, oven mitts, and wooden utensils away from heat sources as they could catch fire.

  • Keep your kitchen clean, grease build-up can easily start a fire.

  • Before going to bed check the oven and stove top to ensure everything is turned off.

  • Store leftovers properly in the fridge.

Have a Safe and Blessed Thanksgiving from All of Us!

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Cuts and burns can happen to the best of chefs, and most won’t require medical attention, but, if you happen to seriously injure yourself or someone that’s with you gets hurt, we’re open 24 hours a day through the Thanksgiving Holiday at Altus Emergency Centers. With any luck we will have you back in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers!

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