January 30, 2018

Liquid Laundry Pods – How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Prevent Poisoning

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital There has been a recent spike in poisoning incidents related to children ingesting liquid laundry packets – sometimes referred to as pods. A dangerous and unfortunate social media trend called the “Tide Pod Challenge” has led to several poisonings and even fatalities. Ingesting these […]

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December 13, 2017

In the Spirit of Safety – Avoid Holiday Dangers

By Arielle Lankford Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tis the season … for a friendly reminder about safety. With traditions, celebrations and new toys being shared, it’s important for families to be aware of potential dangers. Decorating the Tree Decorate your tree with kids in mind. Start by securing the tree in its base. Kids are […]

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December 12, 2017

Kitchen Sponges – Causing More Harm than Good?

By Rebecca Alexander What seems like a convenient cleaning product may be causing more harm than good. In this expert Q&A with Jacie C. Volkman, Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Mission Health, learn how a kitchen sponge can be harboring more bacteria than a household toilet. Q: How disgusting can sponges truly get? […]

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December 8, 2017

Be Prepared for Winter Weather – Keep These Items In a “Go Box” for Your Car

No one wants to get stuck in the snow…in their car. But it happens. So how can you prepare? Get your “Go Box” ready. Gabriel Cade, MD, Director of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital emergency department, says these essentials in your trunk could save your life: An extra blanket in your car Extra clothes, in […]

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December 7, 2017

Community Spotlight – Helpmate Provides Services to Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

By Samantha Kappalman More than 30 percent of Americans are acquainted with a woman who has suffered violence from her male partner. In fact, one of every three women and one of every four men are the victims of intimate-partner violence. The Buncombe County Family Justice Center was created so victims of domestic violence can […]

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November 8, 2017

Is Your Family Properly Protected from Carbon Monoxide?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is the right time to make safety improvements. Our Safe Kids team wants you to know the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in and around your home. Here are some of their tips to make sure your family is safe. […]

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October 10, 2017

Fire Prevention – Simple Ways to Keep Your Family Safe

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital In honor of Fire Prevention Week, be sure you know these important tips to protect your family from the dangers of fire. Smoke Alarms Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. For the best protection, install smoke alarms […]

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September 8, 2017

Be Prepared WNC: Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is expected to affect our area Monday into Tuesday. It’s expected to bring around five inches of rain, strong winds and more. Be prepared. Go to and get your NC Ready app to sign up for North Carolina Emergency Management alerts and get preparedness tips. Basic Safety Tips for Flooding Turn Around, […]

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August 11, 2017

Solar Eclipse Safety – Viewing, Sun and Hydration Hazards

By Adam Harris The upcoming total solar eclipse has western North Carolina abuzz. Our area is directly in the path of the 68-mile-wide band that will experience totality, so locals and tourists alike are making plans to spend the day witnessing this historic event on August 21. In addition to the awe and wonder this […]

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August 10, 2017

Summertime Car Safety – Every 10 Days a Child Dies in a Vehicle from Heatstroke

By Shian Ponder It’s a scenario no family should ever have to face. Unfortunately, 700 families have lost a child to heatstroke from being left in a hot car, since 1998. These tragedies could have been prevented. “Today’s world is busy and fast, parents are constantly multitasking with many responsibilities. Believe it or not, it […]

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