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Health Advisory

Last updated: October 16, 2017, 1:40 pm

How to help North Bay Wildfire Victims:

Wildfire relief organizations prefer monetary donations at this time. For safety reasons, and to avoid blocking emergency traffic, please don’t bring donations to areas affected by wildfires.

Places to donate in Contra Costa:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a health advisory due to heavy smoke from the North Bay Fires. For more information visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/

Summer Safety Tips


Water Safety

For children ages 1 to 4 years, swimming pools pose the greatest risk. It is important to make safety a priority in and around the water.

  • Actively supervise children in or near water.
  • Make sure your family knows how to swim.
  • Secure pools with appropriate barriers, covers, and alarms.
  • Know how to perform CPR – on adults and children.

Beat the Heat

Whether you are working or playing outside in the summer, if you are not use to the heat, or if the weather is hot, you can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Take steps to protect yourself:

  • Never ever leave kids or pets unattended in a car or other vehicle, even if the windows are cracked open
  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Take frequent water breaks.
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Stay cool with cool showers or baths.

Stop Bug Bites and Disease

Protect yourself and your family by preventing bites and diseases, like West Nile virus, which can be transmitted by insects.

  • When outdoors, use an effective insect repellent containing active ingredients with EPA approval as repellents for the skin or clothes.
  • Check yourself and your children for ticks. No need to panic if you find one. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick effectively.

Prevent Injuries

Each year emergency departments treat adults and children for falls at home and on the playground. Did you know that one in three older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+.

  • Discuss with your healthcare provider your risk for falls and programs and services that can help, especially if you are over 65 years of age.
  • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained.
  • Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs, playground equipment, and even upstairs windows.
  • Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble