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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb 7

Posted by A.T. Martin on January 30, 2012 9:32 AM
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb 7 at Mount Zion Baptist Church1604 19th Ave Seattle. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved Free Dinner: 6:00pm - 7:00pm ... Main Event: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Master of Ceremonies: Renee McCoy PhD - Senior Prevention Manager for Lifelong AIDS Alliance Speakers: Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH - Health Officer for Washington State Martin Ndegwa - Community Health Educator for Project HANDLE Tonya Rasberry - Peer Advocate for BABES Network Rev. Linda Smith, D,Min - Pastor of the Church of Mary Magdalene Rev. Aaron William - Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church. Live Performances: The Human Harmony Choral Academy - Youth Choir New Revelation Choir - Choir Selam Gebrekidan - Poet Storme Weber - Poet Free HIV Testing: 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Provided by the Center for Multicultural Health. Art Raffle: 10 items will be raffled off during the course of the evening. All proceeds will go to BABES Network, which is a local organization dedicated to serving HIV positive women. Join us in the fight! More info at www.kingcounty.gov/health/hiv

Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted by A.T. Martin on January 20, 2012 2:19 PM

Main concerns about carbon monoxide poisoning

During power outages, carbon monoxide poisonings can happen when people bring charcoal grills and barbecue units into the home for heat and cooking. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also occur when generators or propane heaters are used indoors or in areas without sufficient ventilation.


Carbon monoxide is a poisonous and odorless gas that cannot be seen or smelled and that can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. Carbon monoxide can build up so quickly that victims are overcome before they can get help.

Newer immigrant and refugee communities may be most at risk due to the use of using charcoal and heating elements indoors to stay warm without proper ventilation.


What you can do

Notify the public about the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning in multiple languages:

        Post warning flyers and deliver warning flyers to customers. For downloadable flyers in multiple languages, visit: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/preparedness/disaster/carbon-monoxide.aspx

         Post information on your website and social media. Suggested posts:

Stay safe during a power outage. Prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide: Only use generators outdoors and far from open windows and vents. Never use generators or portable propane heaters indoors, in garages or carports. Never cook or heat inside on charcoal or gas grills. http://kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/preparedness/disaster/carbon-monoxide.aspx

Winter weather is causing power outages. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially if they are elderly or if you think their power might be out. Invite them to stay warm at your home if they don't have electricity.

Twitter: Prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide. Never use generators or charcoal or gas grills indoors. More: http://1.usa.gov/yU6TnG .

         Partner with community-based organizations that serve immigrant and refugee families or post multi-lingual information at local community centers, faith-based organizations or visible places to help communicate warnings.

Provide safety information:

            Locations of centers where people can go to stay warm during the day

            Tips for safely staying as warm as possible indoors when the power is out

            Encouragement to check on neighbors, help one another, and share warnings about carbon monoxide


Key Messages to Convey to the Public

Carbon monoxide warnings

Carbon monoxide poisoning can kill you. Carbon monoxide gas comes from burning fuels such as gasoline, propane, oil, kerosene, natural gas, coal or wood. You can't see or smell it.

Prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide:

  • Only use a generator outdoors and far from open windows and vents
  • Never use a generator or portable propane heater indoors, in garages or carports
  • Never cook or heat inside on a charcoal or gas grill.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen suddenly and without warning. Physical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include splitting headache, nausea and vomiting, and lethargy and fatigue.

If you believe you could be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, get fresh air immediately. Call for medical help from a neighbor's home. The Fire Department will tell you when it is safe to reenter the home.

Staying warm indoors safely

If you have a power outage, use safe ways to stay warm:

         Find places where you can go to get warm, such as the home of friends and family whose homes have power. Many cities have opened centers where people can go during the day to stay warm. Center locations can be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare

         Wear several layers of light weight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Wear hats, mittens, and blankets indoors.

         Close curtains and cover windows and doors with blankets. Everyone should try to stay together in one room, with the door closed, to keep in body heat.

Help others


         Warn others about carbon monoxide poisoning. Share the information with neighbors, friends, family and community groups.


         Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially if they are elderly or if you think their power might be out.


         If you know someone who has lost electricity, invite them to your home to stay warm.



Source: Publich Health - Seattle & King County 

Key Point: If you think someone may have hypothermia or frostbite they should be referred for medical evaluation.

 General guidance

                       Encourage staying inside as much as possible, especially for sleeping

                       Remind  clients about dressing in layers

                       Provide/encourage a hat or head covering- this helps decrease heat loss tremendously

                       Provide/encourage mittens ( warmer than gloves) and scarves

                       Encourage client to stay dry as possible-outer wear best if water resistant

                       Proper foot wear is hard to get in Seattle; people will need boots shoes and socks

 Additional ways to help

                       Provide clothing as above

                       Provide high-energy foods such as energy bars

                       Provide hearty soups and stews with high carbohydrate and protein

                       Encourage hydration- limit coffee, provide teas, particularly decaf, water, warmed juices, broth

                       Alcohol exacerbates heat loss. Does not "warm you up"

                       Assist with drying feet, provide dry socks/shoes

 Most people who come in from the cold will respond to the following

                       Remove wet clothing

                       Put on dry clothing

                       Provide warm beverages, especially broth, warm Gatorade, juices (helps with restoring electrolytes and hydration)

                       If people begin to develop any of the symptoms below they should be referred for medical evaluation

 Hypothermia and Frostbite

People at higher risk for hypothermia include persons who:

                       Spend a lot of time outside

                       Are under-dressed for weather

                       Dependent on alcohol

                       Use recreational drug users

                       Have diabetes

                       Are elderly

                       Are malnourished

                       Are mentally ill

                       Have an active infection

                       Have mobility problems

 The signs and symptoms of hypothermia are similar to those of intoxication:


                       Slurred speech

                       Trouble with coordination

                       Slowed response time


                       They are also likely to be shivering


                       Frost bitten areas may look dusky, dark

                       Immersion foot may look waxy, blanched, grayish /whitish

                       May feel numb or prickly to the person.

                       These conditions require quick medical evaluation. 

 If signs of either of these are present, these folks should be referred for medical evaluation

 While they are waiting to be transferred provide:

                       Warm, dry clothing/covering

                       Warm, not hot, liquids

                       Avoid direct exposure to heaters or attempts to rapidly warm the person up as this can make things worse.


Source: Public Health - Seattle & King County







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