The Sun Safety AllianceTM educates you and your family on the
importance of sun care safety, with the goal of helping to prevent skin cancer due
to sun exposure. Good information for healthcare providers is also provided on this
website. The Sun Safety AllianceTM (SSA) was founded by the National Association
of Chain Drug Stores and Coppertone® Suncare Products. Their mission is to significantly
reduce the incidence of skin cancer in the United States by motivating people to
actively adopt and practice safe sun behavior.
The Skin Cancer
Foundation is a national and international organization concerned exclusively
with the world's most common malignancy -- cancer of the skin. The mission of this
non-profit organization is to increase public and professional awareness about the
prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancer. The site offers information
about prevention, self-examination and types of skin lesions and cancers.
Pool and Swimming Safety
On a hot summer day, nothing feels better than a dip in the pool. Swimming is great
exercise and a lot of fun, but before you jump in, make sure you know the facts
about water safety.
RWIs are illnesses that are spread by swallowing, breathing, or having contact with
contaminated water from swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers, or oceans. Recreational
water illnesses can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including skin, ear, respiratory,
eye, and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea. For more
Boating & Alcohol
Operating a boat is at least as complicated as driving a car and a boating accident
can be just as dangerous as an automobile accident. Yet many people who would never
drive while intoxicated think it's safe to operate their boat after drinking. It
isn't. In fact, 50% of all boating fatalities are alcohol related.
Poisonous plants are everywhere. More than 700 species of plants located in the
United States have caused illness or death in humans. Plants with poisonous parts
can be found in homes, flower gardens and vegetable gardens. Some ornamental shrubs
and trees and a variety of wild plants common in yards, woods, swamps and fields
can cause sickness and death. Poisonous plants include poison ivy, poison oak, and
poison sumac. The old adage of "leaflets three – let it be" is a good rule to remember
when working near any vegetation. All the plants mentioned (except poison sumac)
have three-leaved stems. The two side (lateral) leaves are symmetrical and grow
close to the stem, and the third (end) leaf is distinct and alone.
Usually, people develop a sensitivity to poison ivy, oak or sumac only after several
encounters with the plants, sometimes over many years. However, sensitivity may
occur after only one exposure.
The cause of the rash, blisters, and infamous itch is urushiol (pronounced oo-roo-shee-ohl),
a chemical in the sap of poison ivy, oak and sumac plants. Because urushiol is inside
the plant, brushing against an intact plant will not cause a reaction. But undamaged
plants are rare.
For more information on Poisonous Plants and how to recognize and treat them
Don't Let Your Picnic Become a Statistic watch the 60 sec. Food Safety video
The Sussex County Division of Health has created a Public Service Announcement on food safety starring real Public Health Inspectors from the Sussex County Health Department, taking a humorous look at basic food safety in the home.
Watch it on YouTube
Staying Safe During the Summertime Heat
Exposure to excessive heat can cause illness, injury and death. Approximately 400
people die each year from exposure to heat due to weather conditions, and many more
people die from health conditions that are exacerbated by exposure to excess heat.
Most heat-related deaths occur during the summer months. The elderly, the very young,
and people with chronic health problems are most at risk. Air conditioning is the
leading protective factor against heat-related illness and death. By knowing who
is at risk and what prevention measures to take, heat-related illness can be prevented
for Disease Control and Prevention )
It is difficult to think of anything more tragic than the needless preventable death
of a child. Each one of these deaths is a tragedy, especially to family and friends,
and each one serves as a powerful warning that other children are at risk. Summer
weather brings the volatile mix of children playing in driveways and streets, and
drivers unaccustomed to looking for them outside following the end of the school
Allergies & You
There are three main sources of summer allergy symptoms - grass pollen, weed pollen
and mold spores. As summer begins, grass pollens are active and weed pollen will
take over and cause allergy symptoms as fall begins. This type of pollen may prevent
you from enjoying outdoors activities, if you have airborne allergies, and activities
may need to be scheduled later in the day, when pollen levels are lower. Mold spores
are a leading cause of outdoor airborne allergies and thrive in the summertime.
Mold spores can be found in compost piles, cut grass, wooded areas, fallen leaves,
soil, debris and other moist surfaces. Click on any of the following for more information
about summer allergies:
Allergies commonly affect children causing sneezing, runny nose and water eyes.
Learn about common symptoms of hay fever in kids and triggers, including pollen,
mold, dust mite, animals and chemicals. Plus get info on diagnosis and treatments
by clicking on the following link:
High Temperatures Could Mean Tragedy for a Child Left in a Car
When it's warm outside, cars heat up quickly which can be very dangerous for children.
Parents running quick errands may think their cars will remain cool, but even on
mild days temperatures inside vehicles can rise to dangerous levels in minutes.
A young child's core body temperature can increase three to five times faster than
that of an adult, causing permanent injury or death (National Safe Kids Campaign).
Summer is a great time for people and their pets. Whether it's walking your dog
on a sunny afternoon or leaving your screened windows open for your cat to enjoy
a breeze, there are many ways for two and four-footed creatures alike to enjoy the
season. Summertime temperatures and humidity, parked cars, jogging, beaches, swimming
pools and "the wind in your face" can be hazardous to your pet's health. Heat stroke
remains the biggest threat. As a precaution, never lock your pets in the car in
the midday sun, and never let them out in the hottest period of the day. Many pets
suffer in the summer, but if you take note of sensible safety tips, you and your
pet will be properly prepared for a great summer!
For some basic tips on the do's and don'ts for summer safety as well as signs of
heat stroke in animals, try these links:
For Dog Owners: Hot weather can make us all uncomfortable, and it poses special
risks for your dog. Click on the following link for safety concerns to keep in mind
as the temperature rises, and follow their tips to keep your dog cool.