TEEN'S HEALTH

Cancer In The News In Health This Week, April 29, 2017

The Team has much information to share with you this week. It was also Earth Day this past Sunday. the March for Science and to raise awareness for a cure for Parkinson’s.

The Team attended these events.  And in any event—no pun intended-here is what is news:

  • Eating larger fish like swordfish, shark, marlin, does increase your mercury intake and puts you at greater risk for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. Maybe stick with smaller ones! 
  • They are seeing signs of memory improvement in mice with recent experiments using human umbilical cord blood. There is so much research going on these days.
  • The Team attended a lecture on cancer where they learned about curing cancer in 30 people-not yet for tumors, but within cancerous cells. By reengineering cells the patients did not need to have chemotherapy. This is amazing news.
  • Lithium has not been shown to increase cancer risk.
  • People who have bipolar disorder live an average of 11-20 years less than our regular lifespan. It may be the effects of the meds which can lead to cardiac disease and diabetes-which also leads to weight gain and impaired glucose metabolism, etc.. 
  • It is found that the poorest communities have 3X the risk of a child dying from abuse before the age of 5. And it was found that the fatality rates for black children in lowest poverty areas are higher than for white children in the highest poverty areas.
  • Artificially sweetened drinks taken even one time per day is linked to tripling the risk of stroke or dementia. The same does not apply with sugary drinks though we are not endorsing these because sugar consumption is associated with the markers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Opiods in the news again..in 2015 there were 55,403 lethal drug overdoses and opiods accounted for 60% of these. Over 7,000 people died just in the NYC metropolitan area from 2003-2014.
  • 2/3’ds of women with eating disorders recover from them though it can take up to 10 years. Twice as many women as men suffer: 20 million women to 10 million men have anorexia or bulimia.
  • Inadequate maternal nutrition increases the risk for the new baby to have psychosis—even in more wealthy families.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been shown to help with eating disorders through impacting the brain and in turn has played a part on body mass index for the better in sufferers. 
  • There is a trend to discover an alternative to antibiotics and as such a new study looked at steroidal use for an acute sore throat showing that one dose significantly reduced throat inflammation in 48 hours. We await new guidelines perhaps. Don’t try this at home! 
  • Results about chocolate showed that in postmenopausal women under age 65 and who are less athletic, that a moderate amount of chocolate (1 oz.) 1.5 times per month but not more than three times per week was linked to a 10% lowered risk of developing diabetes than having 1 oz. less than one time a month.
  • Doctors are conflicted over mammogram screening with 81% recommending screening for women ages 40-44 and 88% for women ages 45-49. Most doctors also recommend that for women age 50+, to get screened every other year. It is not clear that more screening actually saves lives.
  • Cocoa flavonoids may benefit facial wrinkles mildly. A study was done over 24 weeks whereby people consumed low fat processed cocoa powder or 320mg of cocoa flavonoids daily. Skin elasticity improved by 9%.
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About Depression Or What Is News In Health This Week April 25, 2017

Our Team finds it so remarkable that so much is news in health and that every day, more and more comes out in the scientific and medical journals and in the media. 

What we write here does not usually apprear in the popular stuff we read every day..

And this information that we share with you here is not always available to the public.

About depression, we learned...

  • That if you are deficient in vitamin B-3 (niacin) or B-12, it can cause a depression and that a higher intake of these vitamins is associated with lower levels of depression.
  • If you have a higher B12 level, it has been found that an SSRI (anti-depressant) will likely help recovery of a major depression. B12 injections also help in conjunction with an SSRI.
  • Giving B6 to women who were deficient and who took contraceptives and had depression from them--were helped from B6 treating their depression.
  • Giving 500 mcg of folic acid helps the SSRI Prozac increase recovery by 25% in people compared to giving Prozac alone. That is amazing!  All of these points are based on having deficiencies in B6, B12 or folate. Otherwise, there is no mood change.
  • People who are depressed tend more to be night owls--and that this can be related to measures of melatonin secretion both regarding timing and levels in those who have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or Bipolar Disorder. A simple suggestion, though we are not doctors-- is to set your eyes to the sun-looking up near it- in the morning so as to reset your circadian rhythm.
  • Bright light therapy usually used for seasonal affective disorder is now used for non-seasonal affective disorder and for depression as well. Just use of a fluorescent light box for 30 minutes a morning should bring relief in 3-7 days. 
  • Being bullied in childhood is not innocuous--it can lead to an increase in health problems in adulthood including heart disease, diabetes and depression. 
  • Marijuana use is significantly associated with worse recovery for depression and anxiety compared with patients who don't use marijuana. Beware--because some people use it so as not to feel this but it induces it!
  • More is being learned about inflammation and telomeres-and it seems now we know that people with mood disorders have telemeres that are shorter, and they show changes in inflammatory processes including insulin resistance.
  • There is evidence that some meds given to induce labor, also bring on post-partum depression and anxiety. For some, drinks of blueberry extract with tryptophane and tyrosine might be helpful to mitigate these effects.  
  • Statistics show that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S.. Risk of this is highest in senior men. Further, if a person has five+ health areas affected by disease it can increase the risk of suicide 11 fold. Understandable but not good. Let’s prevent depression, disease and suicide.  

More to share: 

  • The American Medical Association is recommending that middle and high school students not begin their day earlier than 8:30 AM. Teens are not really able to fall asleep before 11PM--it is not just your kids--and it becomes a real challenge to sleep 8-10 hours per night and then to function by 7AM.  Over time, sleep deprivation can mount up resulting in poor performance and depression. And kids can also be at risk for accidents.
  • Doctors are conflicted over mammogram screening still with 81% recommending screening for ages 40-44 and 88% for ages 45-49. Most doctors also recommend that for age 50+, every other year. It is not clear that more screening actually saves lives.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis might be helped by specific intestinal bacteria, called Preventolla Histicola. As your doctor.
  • For lower back pain, 26 studies of 1700 patients reveal that spinal manipulation therapy such as chiropractic care, provides only a bit of relief. Not much. And we found a study using mindfulness and lowering stress to improve back pain and that worked only a little and for a short while. We recommend that you lose weight, stretch and strengthen your core--and to see the doc if your pain does not go away!
  • People with risk factors for heart attack and stroke are also more apt to develop brain changes that can lead to Alzheimer ’s disease.
  • Our life span may go only as high as 115 years. That is a lot!

 

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More Health News This Week

The holidays are in full swing and we still want to keep you ahead of the curve in what is news in health.  So the Team like Santa's elves, have been busy assembling this information for you and your family!

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More In Health News This Week

What is in the health news this week?

 

There are many new things that the Team has researched and is able to serve up for you! Things that are in the news to professionals only at this point, most likely!

Here we go! 

  • Lack of sleep is costing the United States some $411 billion each year or more than 2% of the countries gross domestic product
  • If you have insomnia, you have twice the risk for getting depression
  • Type 2 Diabetes is more prevalent in women who have difficulty falling asleep
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can also result in pain relief, not just depression relief
  • ECT for the elderly who are depressed is still important in preventing relapse
  • The Surgeon General is making a case that opiod addiction is not just caused by doctors prescribing it but because there are risk factors such as being a young adult and being susceptible to addiction, etc..
  • Women who have optimism, have a significantly lowered risk of death from most illnesses including: heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory illness, infection—demonstrated over an 8 year study
  • There are more people who have serious mental illness in correctional facilities than in all state hospitals and also since there are fewer women correctional facilities, women have to be far away from their families which causes more mental issues
  • An area of counseling that is needed is for young people –and adolescent cancer survivers
  • A new area to help athletes succeed is called sports psychiatry-it is facilitating scientific information to be communicated about the brain and behavior
  • Lowering LDL levels with statins and lowering blood pressure in 70 and 80 year olds does not make a dent in cognitive decline for them
  • Kids whose mothers took 2 scripts of antidepressants (SSRI’s) during pregnancy have   a 35% increase of a speech and language issues for their offspring than those kids whose moms who were depressed and took nothing
  • Depression in mothers who are in their second trimester it turns out in addition to post-partum depression shows evidence of altering children’s brains making them susceptible to depression and anxiety themselves later in life
  • Fathers who were involved in their babies first year of life-- psychologically and emotionally, had the best effect on their child’s later behavior at ages 9-11—the fathers who were engaged in child care and domestic tasks—it did not make the difference.  Also the paternal involvement early could alleviate the maternal depression issues which can also affect kids being at risk for behavioral issues
  • People who have psychosis for the first time and are given longer term medication do worse than if they are weaned off meds and not given them—it yields a higher rate of recovery to be off the meds.
  • A newer solution for chronic pain can be through something called neurofeedback where people use a computer to modulate their neuron movements/alpha activity
  • Low intensity lifetime smoking is associated with a significantly higher risk of all cause death from lung cancer and heart disease –And former smokers who consistently used one to ten cigarettes a day but had quit had lower health risks depending on how young they were when they stopped smoking

Lots of great information here and all current!  

We can use data and new information to make intelligent and informed choices with our health.

We can choose to win!

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News In Health This Week

This week we are sharing about what is in current research but not out there for the public perhaps, yet! 

It is our offer that we have a team to share this information with you so that you and your friends and families can be empowered with regard to your knowledge about health.

Many studies are coming out daily and we are providing a summary of just the data that is published to professionals at this point, so you might not find this stuff in the news perhaps.

Here we go for the medical information which is out there this past week;  

  • Worldwide as of 2015, over one billion pe 
    ople have high blood pressure and they are living in predominantly low and middle income countries. The amount of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in the past 40 years.  Many of these people are living in Asia where over 50% of high blood pressure victims live.  Countries with lowest blood pressure include the U. S., Canada, and South Korea.
  • If you have cognitive impairment after a traumatic brain injury, it is found that cognitive behavioral therapy specifically-- Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) combined with methylphenidate can improve “attention, working memory, and episodic memory”.   

     

  • Loneliness has been associated with cortical amyloid burden in cognitively normal older adults. Loneliness is being seen as a neuropsychiatric symptom relevant to preclinical Alzheimer disease (AD). We think of the song—if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you are with! Put yourself out there and participate! Neither age, sex, APOEε4, socioeconomic status, depression, anxiety, nor social network were related--rather higher amyloid burden was significantly associated with greater loneliness.  People in the amyloid-positive group, were in fact 7.5 times more likely to be classified as being lonely over being non-lonely. 
  • Cancer patients are skipping recommended treatments at a 20% rate because of the higher out of pocket costs for care and almost half of them indicated costs were higher than expected. 
  • Cancer drugs in the U.S. are sometimes approved quickly and often stay approved even if later studies show them to be worse than other choices or far worse than doing nothing. Researchers evaluated studies of 18 cancer drugs approved between 2008 and 2012 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). None of the drugs had been found to prolong life, and only one had enough evidence to say it improved quality of life. Yet, all but one retained its’ approval status. "We were shocked to find that these drugs don’t save lives and don’t improve quality of lives," said lead author Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research and the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund in Washington, D.C.
  • Sleep deprivation in teens is a concerning health issue around the world. Newer data shows the benefits of delaying school start time. For example, even a short delay of 15 minutes in the school start time showed that it could result with benefits “across sleep, mood, and behavior and school attendance among adolescents”. Our team agrees that this is a small step to put forward for health for teens. Be in action with your kids' schools.
  • A team of researchers looked at holiday ‘indulgences’ globally that were associated with weight gain. They studied people celebrating: Thanksgiving in the United States, Easter in Germany, Golden Week (April 29 to May 5) in Japan, as well as Christmas in all three countries. Within all three countries, participants' weights were about 0.5% higher 10 days after Christmas than they were 10 days before. People gained an average of 0.2% to 
    0.3% over the other holidays. It was concluded that people retain about half of their holiday weight gain so even if it is small, (a pound or two for this study)—the weight can accumulate over the years. 
  • Busy people may have improved memory. A study concludes that it is possible that ‘people with higher mental function lead busier lives, but staying busy and active may be a proxy for mental stimulation, which leads to intellectual growth".
  • Migraine and headache intensity play a key role in muscle soreness or pain 
    in patients with major depressive disorder. Central sensitization from chronic migraine may put patients with depression at risk for hypersensitivity to other pain stimuli. Migraine was associated with muscle soreness and pain so that if you have depression, you should not neglect your head ache. And conversely, treating depression and headache might improve soreness and pain! 

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Enjoying Happy Holidays While Limiting Misunderstandings

 

The holidays are upon us and it can be a time when people are a bit extra-sensitive.  

Seemingly innocent comments that are made in passing that can occur as criticism, an invitation that did not happen can be devastating, a request that you made that went unheard can feel like total rejection, a thwarted expectation or disappointment or being at the effect of another’s constraints can make you feel so small and diminished that you shrug it off and just stop caring or worse even, reject the other! 

All of these can be misunderstandings that get blown out of proportion, waste time and love and cause us pain during the holidays, especially. Holidays are a particularly sensitive time about what is expected from others: in viewing others’ families as being perfect, in tuning into TV and seeing beautiful and idealized family and friendship-styled shows of how life is ‘supposed to’ be, we wanted to support people in having the best holiday season they could create!

Here is our “How-To Guide for Enjoying the Holidays" and feeling most alive and satisfied in the process.

  • Get your rest. Attempt to be in bed at the same time each night and greet the sunshine at the same time each morning.
  • Attempt at abstaining from alcohol during the holidays if it affects your sleep quality. Or if you tend to get extra sensitive or depressed when you drink. Or have your drink a little bit earlier in the evening so that you can rest more soundly.  
  • Make sure that your vitamin D level is maximized. The winter months are devoid of rendering this critical hormone through sunshine, so one usually has to take supplements. Check with your health care professional! And know that maximizing your hormone D level can stave off depression!
  • Make exercise a priority! Yes, even in between feasting! Get your endorphins performing for good mood, have your muscles firing and your body leaner—especially if you break from your diet.  Exercise will create a better feeling of health, deeper and more restorative sleep, and you may feel more enlivened just honoring your word to your body as you know that daily exercise is so good for you! 
  • Pick up a pair of compassion glasses to put on your eyes. You cannot get these through retail, etail nor mail order.  Harkening back on the holiday song—“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year”..at holiday time, people sometimes get out of their comfort zone to think of those in need, to reach out to loved ones and others—it is kind of a time where we have social permission to be of ‘good cheer’ –peace on earth good will towards men, etc.. And it is great to realize that we can don these ‘compassion glasses’ any minute and any time of the year.  And once they are on our eyes, perhaps we can see that everyone of us has a story, a history, pain and loss and each one of us has adapted as best we can.   And when we can see the other as ourself—that is a big key to avoiding misunderstandings.      
  • Print out a calendar of the holiday season. Take a look at the days that you want to be with others-and reach out.  It does not matter if you have not heard from them or seen them in a while. While we are alive, it is wonderful to connect and create events and celebrate. Step out and do it!  
  • Do some good! Volunteering to raise money, feed the hungry or give gifts or toys to sick children or families in need during the holidays is a great way to do good and also avoid pain and misunderstandings. This will release healthful chemicals in your brain which will make you feel better by doing good—and you will feel more alive and less apt to misunderstand things said or not said by family and friends.
  • Do some things differently! If you always go there-invite others to come to you! Or invite a new set of people! Maybe do a Secret Santa for your office, where you raise funds for an organization that does good! One person the Team knows had gifts given to a young teen Mom with a newborn—and it was the best holiday the family of this person shared as they all felt a bond in doing good for others! Or better yet, volunteer with a group of family members or friends!  There are even holiday sing-a-longs at nursing homes. Everyone wins when you give of your time! And again you are less apt to take things the wrong way because you can be feeling happy!
  • Have gratitude for what you do have. And express it to those for whom it matters. Pretend this is your last day on earth and what would you like people to know about you and how you think and feel about others. We never know if it will be our last day or not so we invite you to express yourself today!
  • Finally, see the humor! Think of the funny side of things.  If you are late, don’t sweat it—just call and tell them!  If someone comments about you, just realize that is the way they are and see that it is from caring and that it is really funny in a way that the person always shows up for you that way.  Own how others are to you and see if you are contributing to their thinking. If so change it. If not, be compassionate and good humored.

To your holidays! Be happy! Be healthy! You can choose! Choose to win!

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Medical News This Week

The team is lucky to have access to the latest medical information which we break down and serve up for you weekly so you have what is news in medicine and health!

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Volunteer For Your Own Health

Regardless of your circumstance, regardless of your age—yes-- even if you are over 50 and perhaps even feeling depressed yourself, it may be that doing volunteer work can be a great antidote for you[i].

Recent studies show us that not only is volunteering good for your brain!

For the cognitive functioning of your brain, both with regard to planning and organizing but also with regard to delaying or reversing decline in brain functioning.  

 

As well, volunteering is good for your heart.[ii] 
Volunteering is associated with “better mental and physical outcomes” says, Eric Kim, of Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and that, volunteers were more likely to avail themselves of health services such as flu shots and cholesterol checks.  The article quotes a larger study (1992) demonstrating that people, who volunteered at least 200 hours a year on a regular basis, were less likely to develop high blood pressure over a four year period than those who did not volunteer. And the study indicated that volunteers had increased physical activity and psychological well-being.

Another older study indicated that volunteers were more active with walking, had less depression and less anger, more sense of direction and a goal to strive for.  Because negative emotions-- stress, depression and anger have negative impacts on the body with regard to heart disease, volunteers who may have optimism and satisfaction, and perhaps a sense of purpose—which is even more significantly correlated to better cardiovascular health, are a lower risk of a cardiovascular event and dying from any cause than those with a lower sense of purpose.        

[iii]Alot more has been studied about volunteering in older adults and it shows that volunteering also leads to self-confidence and sense of purpose. Increases support systems which also lower depression, increases the release of dopamine in the brain so you are happier and can thus increase longevity!

Our friend Jerry, who lost his wife, took an expansive step and volunteered this week!

A friend of someone on our Team who recently lost a loved one, volunteered at the NYC Marathon.

It took something for this to occur-for Jerry to stand with others while grieving, to be helpful to the runners and their condition of pain or suffering, to see the strength within them.

To see in them a commitment--their word to run this many miles 26.2-even when it was hot, cold, wet or when they did not feel well or did not want to. 

Jerry got a chance to help others.

He had a chance to hold the crowd back so that the runners could have space.

To give directions to people so they could reunite with their loved ones. To hug them if they needed that, to get them water, to walk them to where they needed to be and even to speak to them in broken Spanish so they felt they were home. 

His act of volunteering contributed to him much more than he could have ever given back including:

  • Well-being
  • Confidence
  • Feeling moved and inspired by others
  • Connecting with others both immediately and
  • Growing his social network based on new friendships he made there
  • Increased self-esteem.

The research bears this out.  This is what occurs for people who volunteer!

Create your own volunteer project!

Today a friend of our Team called about her mother who lost her husband.

Her mother is now depressed.  

Our Team recommended that she have her mother look at what her husband stood for in life!

Then, create a project about his legacy!

This person has grandchildren too who can participate too and she has means to really do good in the world using her husbands’ contributions and legacy as something to live on now that he is gone.  So support your loved ones who have lost someone with personal volunteering!

Any type of volunteering makes a difference.

 

We can choose.

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Creativity-Declaring What is Important And Taking Action

Psychology Today[i] speaks of three types of people who procrastinate:

  1. Thrill­ seekers, who wait to the last minute for the euphoric rush.
  2. Avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of success, and who are very concerned with what others think of them
  3. Decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision.

And while this seems logical and certainly, psychology-based, our Team thinks that procrastination is a word that is used to mis-label another process going on.

As small children, we each have big dreams about what we want to do or be some day.

We have only to look back at our own kindergarten paraphernalia showing dreams to be a fireman or a doctor or even an astronaut.

Back then in childhood, everything seemed very possible.

Then something may have occurred right in childhood—a defining moment perhaps—where our overarching job in life was to take another course or path—and all of our dreams for what could be possible were now shifted. 

Most of us live in the existence of the ordinary, growing up and doing what we do and becoming who we are with the people in our lives.

It just does not seem to change.  We accommodate to what we created and how we see ourselves in others eyes’ too and we actually live into that condition of most certainly doing that for ourselves.

The question that occurs for our Team in the face of what some call " procrastination" is:

What might be possible if I took action?

The answer could be—you would make more money, have more status in life, help others, create legacy, create opportunity for others, live life with more power and self-expression, live life with more satisfaction,  have more intimacy, improve your skills, be a leader-a bigger leader in your field and in the world, step out and risk people not liking nor approving of you because your commitment to your life dream was much bigger than any such risk.

Our Team thinks that "procrastinating" is a way of treading water in your life, and playing it safe.

We don't thing that SOMEONE CAN BE LABLED A PROCRASTINATOR!

We think that this is just not taking action--and that is all it is!

Perhaps not being in action each and every minute is a way of not declaring who you really are in the world, nor what is important to you. 

We can all gather reasons why it is not possible to create what we want in our lives: 

  • We know it is very easy to look at the glass as half empty
  • It is easy to gather agreement from friends and family that it's reasonable that we are just too old, too sick, too stressed.., etc..
  • We are too old to change careers, too busy to have a relationship, too broke to take that art class that we always wanted to take, too stressed with work and kids to find the time and energy to lose the belly fat and work out..Our lists go on.

Perhaps we are not courageously declaring what is important to us in our lives.

It is not that we are "procrastinating!" 

One neighbor we know loves animals and though she is no longer working at the ASPCA, she works with organizations local and across the nation to support animal rights—even on a grass roots level.  We know someone who had a major loss of a loved one. They are writing stories with information about health because that is what they declare that their life is about. They are forming an art project group to create art and working on a legacy project so that their loved one will be remembered.

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There is no such thing as procrastination. Procrastination is rather a notion about being resigned  to what we already know and a barrier to break through to what might be possible. 

 There is such a thing as not looking to see what you want for yourself.

  • As not taking action for what you want of for creating excuses which seem logical and other people would find reasonable.
  • Stepping out and being in action takes courage. 
  • And stepping out creates power.

We can choose the life we want to create.
We can choose to take on our dreams.

And we can choose to win!

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Fire Prevention in Dorms

 

 

Your college students' exodus has occured..but is there college dorm safety at school?  

Have you checked up on the fire prevention and safety of the school?  Has your student?

There are a thousand fires that occur each year on campus. Do you know the facts about the school your child selected? 

Steps you take now to make yourself aware of fire and prevention and safety at school--can save a life! 

Does the dorm allow candles, smoking, space heaters?

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of dormitory fires (75%). 

The leading cause of civilian death is (39%) on campus is smoking cigarettes.

In just three years from 2003-2006 the U.S. fire departments documented 3,570 structure fires which killed 7 per year, with 54 injured and $29.4 million in property damage. Most die from smoke or toxic gas. 

The US Fire administration notes a strong link between fire deaths and alcohol.   And with Greek house fires,  arson is being listed as the second leading cause of fatalities, peaking in Jan, May , Sept and Oct.[i]

Our team had someone affected by a college campus fire in their dorm with the semester barely off to a start. 

We are writing today about fire safety, fire awareness and what each of us can do to be safe and keep others safe as well especially on campus.  

Fires can start quickly.  It is helpful to know two ways to get out of the dorm quickly!

 

When cooking, always:

  • Be mindful about not wearing long flowing garments or sleeves.
  • Don’t be intoxicated when working near flames.
  • Don’t use stoves -if are sleepy or drowsy from medicine.
  • Have a lot of salt on hand to put out a small fire.  A small, flash, grease fire can be put out this way or by smothering it with a metal pot cover.
  • Know ahead of time where the water supply or sink is.
  • Do not leave the stove at any time, unattended—not even to go to the bathroom. If you must, turn off the flames, first!
  • Know how to use a fire extinguiser!

Fires can come from various sources so make certain all of these are permitted in your dorm! Space heaters, candles, toaster ovens, overheated plug-ins, etc.. if approved use, fine.

  • IF not, DON'T use them!
  • Make sure every place you inhabit is equiped with a fire extinguisher and that everyone knows where it is and how to use it. Have it be near the kitchen if there is cooking in that dorm area.
  • Don’t pour excess grease and do clean the stove regularly for spills of grease.
  • Keep the stove and space heater areas free of papers and clutter.
  • Make sure the space heater is tip-over free.
  • Turn all appliances off when you are not near them.
  • If fire starts in microwave turn the microwave off and keep the door closed until the embers are out. Only use it as directed and stay in visible distance—even and especially if just cooking popcorn.

Don’t leave smoking butts and such unattended:

  • Make certain they are extinguished before tossing them or leaving them to burn
  • Do not smoke in bed or near inflammable items like curtains
  • Make sure of no hidden butts in furniture, etc., after a party .

Fast actions in case of fire:

  • Don’t panic, but do think fast.
  • If the fire is contained, put it out right there safely if it is not risky to you or others. You can also squelch fire by putting a metal or non-inflammable lid on it.  No oxygen, no fire.
  • Be sure to know where your exits are. And that means wherever you are and at any time, you need to know how to get out safely.
  • Call 911 if the fire is not easily containable by you.  
  • Tell others to get out if they can safely.
  • Keep low. They call this fall and crawl—it is easier to breath in a fire if you stay low while getting out. Feel the door to see if it is hot with the back of your hand if it is hot go out another way if possible.
  • Insist that your school run drills so that you know what to do ahead of time!
  • If the fire is on your clothing you then drop, stop and roll. We seem to recall a children’s book about the big red dog, touting this plan.
  • Don’t run-running makes the fire burn faster.  Call for help.
  • Remember to get yourself and your loved ones to safety!  This is your main goal.
  • Things can be replaced but human life cannot be.     

For parents and students:

  • In selecting a dorm you must make sure there is an adequate sprinkler system in place
  • Don’t choose an old dorm that is to “code” but cannot house such a system now.[ii]  You want  “fully sprinklered housing”. 
  • Make sure there are smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. Such alarms should be interconnected.
  • Test the smoke alarms every month and do not remove batteries except to test these once and the same time per year during daylight savings days, for example.
  • Make sure in the dark that you know how to get to the exit. 
  • If a fire alarm goes off, get out and stay out—until the authorities tell you it is safe to go back in.  Don’t go back in for your things!  
  • Do not use a barbeque grill or hibachi unless the fire department has approved it.
  • Do not burn candles that are unattended or leave them burning if you fall asleep. They may smell nice, seem fun, create atmosphere or romance but they can turn deadly if you are not supervising these flames.
  • Do use a surge protector for your computer. Plug electronics like this right into the outlet.

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