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Category: National Center for Environmental Health

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning. When power outages occur after severe weather, using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals Read More >

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Tracking Network Data Spotlight: Drought

Number of weeks in severe drought or worse, 2012-2016

You don’t have to live in a desert to experience drought. Did you know that 48 states experienced drought in 2016? Dry periods of below-average rainfall are experienced throughout the United States: they can be relatively short or last years, and can cover both large and small areas. Read More >

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Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

summer heat wave in the city

Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather. Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still die from extreme heat every Read More >

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Protect Your Hearing This Summer and Year Round!

fireworks

The National Center for Environmental Health at CDC encourages you to show off your noisecancelling headphones while participating in noisy activities this summer. Snap a photo of yourself, your family, and your friends, and share on social media. Be certain to tag your photo to #SafeHearingSelfie. Read More >

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Summer Sun Safety: Protect Yourself from UV Radiation

uv radiation safety

Taking steps to protect yourself from the sun is a year-round responsibility. Protect yourself and others from the sun with shade, a shirt, or sunblock (SPF 15+) all year long. Read More >

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Lightning Safety

Lightning

Summer is thunderstorm season and June is Lightning Safety Month. Learn how to protect you and your loved ones during a thunderstorm. Being outside when lightning is present is not something to take lightly—ever. Read More >

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Preparing for a Hurricane or a Tropical Storm

hurricane

You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family. If you live in areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year. Read More >

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Going Out to Eat with Food Allergies

Food Allergy Awareness Week

Rick, Lois, Angus, and Samantha visit a new restaurant to celebrate Rick’s birthday. They are excited to try the restaurant they’ve heard so much about. The host seats them and they start looking over their menus to decide what to order. Lois is allergic to peanuts, so she wonders about the ingredients in the eggrolls. Read More >

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

The outer ear—the part of the ear you see—funnels sound waves into the ear canal.

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month,” a time to raise awareness about what you need to do to protect your hearing. Did You Know? Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years can damage your hearing—long after exposure has stopped. This is just one of the many informative facts available on CDC’s National Center Read More >

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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. Read More >

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