How to Select a Summer Away Camp

With summer quickly approaching, the summer camp season is just underway. When picking a summer camp or program for your child consider what makes for a good match. Just like every child, every camp has its own personality. The child’s interest, medical needs, allergies, dietary restrictions, family monetary concerns, co-ed or single sex, length of stay and distance from home are all some of the factors to be considered in determining the proper placement. In addition to traditional camps, there are camps that specialize in individual sports, theater/art/music, education, science, computers, weight loss, outdoor adventure, language, community service and many…

Mosquitos, Ticks and Fleas, Oh No!

Illnesses from mosquito, tick or flea bites have tripled in the period from 2004 until 2016 reports the Center for Disease Control, CDC. Climate change resulting in higher average temperatures in many northern areas of the continental United States has expanded the range of mosquitos, fleas and ticks. And increasing urbanization provides more contact between the pests. According to the CDC, in 2016, the most common tickborne diseases in the U.S. were Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis. The most common mosquito-borne viruses were West Nile, dengue, and Zika. Though rare, plague was the most common disease resulting from the bite of…

Grill the Hot Dogs, Not the Home

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading causes of grill fires are dirty grills, placing the grill too close to a structure and unattended grills. Most fires begin in a porch, patio or balcony. As outdoor cooking season heats up, keep these grilling safety tips in mind: Never use a grill indoors due to carbon monoxide (CO) and fire hazards. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that will burn. Always follow the instructions that accompany…

Anchor and Protect!

Falling furniture, electronics, and appliances caused at least 363 fatalities in the United States from 2000 through 2012. And more than 4 out of every 5 fatally injured is a child younger than 8 years old. Overall, about 38,000 emergency room visits each year result from instable furniture or electronics. Head injuries and injuries from being crushed under falling electronics or by tipped furniture and appliances, are the most common. To prevent a tip-over tragedy: USE STURDY FURNITURE AND SECURE YOUR TV Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media…

Tree Wells Pose Deadly Risk

The light fluffy snow which has been blanketing the west has also increased the hazards presented by skiing in trees. The snow is easily fallen into, often resulting in suffocation. On March 4th, a skier at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana became separated from his friends. Later that afternoon his body was found by ski patrol in a tree well. In Oregon, Mt. Bachelor experienced a double-tragedy when the body of a male skier was found in a tree well early Friday afternoon, then two hours later a report of another missing skier prompted a search lasting into the night.…

Change Your Mind!

The Brain Injury Association of America works to de-stigmatize brain injury through outreach within the brain injury community. The BIAA empowers those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers, providing many types of support to people living with brain injury. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and March 20th is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill for Tuesday. Perhaps the most well-recognized brain injury is the concussion, but an acquired brain injury is any brain injury that has occurred after birth. The injury results in a change to the brain's neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, metabolic…

Two In-bound Avalanches Hit California Ski Areas

An avalanche hit Friday, March 2nd at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort and caught five people in its wake. This was just one day after a snowboarder died there during a blizzard as a winter storm rolled through California. Wenyu Zhang, 42, vanished Thursday as the region was hit by a blizzard packing winds gusting to nearly 150 mph over the ridge tops. It dumped 3 feet of snow in the mountains. His body was recovered the following day. Squaw Valley Ski Resort said the avalanche happened just before 2 p.m. on Friday, and injured two people, one seriously. Three…

Mystery Swirls Around Missing Skiers

On February 5th, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a back country skier around 7pm Monday, Feb. 5th. The skier reported that he had become lost after falling off a trail and had wandered several hours attempting to find his way out. He finally called 911 to be rescued. The Vail Mountain Rescue Group did find the skier and returned him to safety. The next morning around 9am, the rescued skier called to report that he had been skiing with a friend, who he assumed had found his way home safely the night before. Sadly, the fellow…

Lack of Skier Control Deadly

February continues the deadly trend in skier fatalities. A 25-yr-old Washington man died when he struck a tree on a ski run at Mission Ridge Ski Resort in Wenatchee, WA a week ago. Today at Castle Mountain Resort south of Calgary, a ten-year-old lost control and fatally collided with a pole. Both deaths illustrate the dangers of lack of control, and in the case of the youngster it may reflect the heavy snowfall conditions recently experienced by the Calgary area.

Funeral Homes Need Greater Scrutiny

Recent reports concerning Hermitage Cremation Provider, a cremation service with no facility located in Colorado but heavily marketed in the state, was labeled “willfully dishonest” by Colorado’s Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration, after complaints by two families surfaced. Both believed that the cremation would be performed locally, but in fact Heritage outsources embalming and cremation services to third party establishments out of state. The Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration pulled the license of Hermitage Cremation Provider last December, but the company’s website is still online and Google provides a Colorado Springs address. Their website states: Like…