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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May 25, 2017

Tips on Ticks – Preventing Bites and What to Know about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Dr. Ashley McClary, a pediatrician at McDowell Pediatrics in Marion, offers expert advice on avoiding the dangers of ticks, as seen in WNC Parent. What a beautiful time of the year! The days are warmer; the flowers are blooming; the grass is greener; and we’re going outside to enjoy it all. But, we’re not the only ones. Ticks also […]

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May 5, 2017

Bike Safety Tips – What to Know Before You Hit the Road or Trail

By Staci Hooper May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities across the nation. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give it a try. Whether you bike to work or school; […]

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March 10, 2017

March is Patient Safety Month – Six Ways You Can Contribute to Your Safety

In healthcare, patient safety is always top of mind. From medication administration and patient assessment, to process improvement and policy writing – every day, safety is of utmost importance. There is great work being done at Mission Health to improve patient care, patient and family engagement, and quality of care. We will join the National […]

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January 5, 2017

Don’t Stay Inside All Winter, Just Follow These Outdoor Safety Essentials

Each year as fall gives way to winter, people around the state decide whether to continue their beloved outdoor activities or retire them for the season. Fear of injury and cold-related illnesses keeps many people inside unnecessarily. Enjoying winter in western North Carolina doesn’t have to be intimidating — it just takes preparation. Whether you’re camping […]

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November 21, 2016

Toy Safety Tips – Shop with Your Child’s Safety In Mind

The Safe Kids WNC team at Mission Children’s Hospital put together some helpful tips to make sure you’re keeping safety in mind when shopping for your children’s holiday gifts – check them out! Each year, almost 200,000 children are treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury. When looking for the perfect toy this year, […]

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November 4, 2016

Set Your Clocks Back, Not Your Routine – Things to Keep in Mind when Changing Time

By Ferriss Roberts On Nov. 6, 2016, at 1:00 a.m., you’ll set back your clock to Standard Time. The one hour subtraction means you’ll gain an hour of sleep, but it also means the days are about to feel shorter. Don’t let the earlier sunsets at 5:30 p.m. disrupt your usual routine, but do make some […]

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July 12, 2016

Gotta Catch Them All? Catch These Pokemon GO Safety Tips First

By Lizzie Laws Are you wondering why you see adults wandering around your street, a teenager run around your office building in the middle of the day staring into his phone while suddenly changing directions or a co-worker walk aimlessly into a closed meeting? Pokemon GO may soon surpass Twitter’s online traffic, but what exactly is […]

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May 26, 2016

Avoid Cooking Dangers on Memorial Day – Simple Guidelines to Keep You Safe

Picnic Prepping Foodborne illnesses increase in the summertime because bacteria grow faster in higher temperatures (90-110 F). Unwashed hands are a prime cause of foodborne illness. Keeping your hands clean is easy with hand sanitizer. Package foods separately in coolers. Keep raw meat away from other foods. Plastic plates and cutlery are intended for one-time […]

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