Category Archives: Health Advisory

Support community fireworks display

The government aims to achieve zero firecracker-related injuries this year through implementation of Executive Order No. 28 Providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices.

The law signed by President Duterte stipulates that the use of firecrackers shall be confined to community fireworks display to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties. Conduct of community fireworks display will also be continuously promoted as a strategy to, at least maintain the low injury status in the country.

Let us welcome 2018 without an injury due to firecrackers and support fireworks display in our respective communities.

Safe Gifts for Kids

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You cannot go wrong with toys if your recipients are mostly young kids. Toys remain the most popular Christmas gifts, however, there are several things to consider when buying toys for children. It isn’t just the color or physical make up of toys or design of iphone 3g cases, but make sure toys are age proper or suitable for the kids’ physical and social development.

Characteristics of a good toy:
1. It should suit the child’s physical capabilities, mental and social development;
2. It should appeal to the child; and
3. It should be well constructed, durable and safe for the child’s age.

Dos and Don’ts in Toy Safety:
1. Check labels on the packaging and observe precautions appearing in the labels to ensure the safety of the child;
2. Ensure that the child will play with a toy suited for his age under adult supervision;
3. Dispose plastic packaging accordingly. Keep it out of reach of children;
4. For children under age three (3), do not buy the following toys:

• balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less so as to prevent choking;
• that easily breaks into small parts or pieces (glass or brittle plastics);
• containing small detachable parts or pieces which could become lodged in the throat;
• with sharp points and edges;
• with electrical parts, unless supervised by an adult;
• with parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes or hair;
• with parts put together by straight pins, sharp wires or nails that are exposed and easily detached.

Note: Safety information issued by the Bureau of Health Devices and Technology (BHDT)-Department of Health.

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How We Can Protect Ourselves from the Extreme Heat of the Sun

We all have to admit that summer is here. You may love the weather or hate it but no matter what, you have to think of ways to protect yourself from the extreme heat. There are repercussions if you would ignore this warning. Serious conditions can develop because of the heat. Here are some tips that you have to remember when you are exposed to the heat of the sun:

  • Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses especially if they have good UV protection like ray ban original wayfarer, can help protect the eyes since they are also sensitive to the harmful effects of the sun’s excessive heat.
  • Drink water. Not drinking water will make you dehydrated. This can lead to serious conditions like heat stroke and UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
  • Slather on sunscreen to protect your skin. Do not take your skin for granted. You may want to tan but tanning will have harmful effects on the skin.

Protect yourself further from the heat of the sun by wearing comfortable clothing and hats to keep the rays of the sun away.