Monday, June 15, 2009

Health Tips - June 15

Health Tip: Reduce Pesticide Exposure

Pesticides can help keep your home free of insects, rodents and other unwanted visitors, but exposure to these products can pose serious health risks.

The National Safety Council offers these suggestions when working with pesticides:
  • Only use pesticides that have been legally purchased, and are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or similar government agency.
  • Carefully read directions on the pesticide label, and follow them exactly.
  • When you can, use non-chemical pesticides.
  • Keep the work area well-ventilated.
  • Make sure you safely dispose of any excess product.
Health Tip: Bike Safely

Biking is great exercise -- not to mention a lot of fun. But a nasty spill can ruin your fun, so it's important to protect yourself every time you pedal.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these safety recommendations:
  • Always bike with a helmet, no matter how short the trip.
  • Wear sunglasses, which also helps prevent eye irritation from dirt and bugs.
  • Choose outfits that are bright and easy for others to see. Avoid riding at night.
  • Bike with padded gloves to help prevent hand injuries.
  • Wear padded biking shorts, and use a padded or comfortable bike seat.

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