The Fourth of July is coming soon, and everyone enjoys fireworks. However, each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. The Harnett County Child Fatality Prevention and the Community Child Protection Teams are working to increase awareness about fireworks safety and reminding parents, never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Officials are also urging parents to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. For more information click on the title to view Fireworks Safety Tips.
Summer brings out barbecue grills—and bacteria, which multiply in food faster in warm weather and can cause foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning). Foodborne illness is a common, costly--yet preventable--public health problem. Each year, one in six Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages; 3,000 die. Following a few simple steps can help keep your family safer from food poisoning at home. For more information click on the title to view “Is it Done Yet” information on safe grilling.
Every year homemade ice cream causes several outbreaks of Salmonella infection at church picnics, family reunions, and other large gatherings. The ingredient responsible for the outbreaks is raw or undercooked eggs. You can still enjoy homemade ice cream without the risk of Salmonella infection by substituting a pasteurized egg product, egg substitute, or pasteurized shell eggs for the raw eggs in your favorite recipe. Homemade ice cream is a treat but avoid using raw or undercooked eggs. Suggestions for safe homemade ice cream: Use a cooked egg-milk mixture. Heat it gently and use a food thermometer to ensure that it reaches 160 °F. Even when using pasteurized products, the FDA and the USDA advise consumers to start with a cooked base for optimal safety, especially if serving people at high risk for foodborne illness: infants, older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems. For more information click on the title or click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held on June 26, and July 15, 2015 Pre-registration is required. Click here for an application or see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 for more information.
The ECU clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Services: Comprehensive General Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Oral Surgery – Extractions, Root Canals, Sealants and Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Implant Services, Periodontal Services and Cleanings, Cosmetic Tooth Whitening. Digital Radiography, and 3-D/Cone Beam Imaging. For more information click on the title to view the web site or call 910-814-4191, the facility is located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington.
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