Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
The Red Cross says there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). When should you call the doctor? According to the Red Cross, if you think you have the flu, your doctor should be consulted immediately if you …
As temperatures drop, people start looking for creative ways to heat their homes – and we see a spike in house and apartment fires.
Monday, January 7
The following information is from the Red Cross: Winter is one of the busiest times of the year for American Red Cross disaster volunteers, and we want to make sure you’re safe during the cold months. As temperatures drop, people start looking for creative ways to heat their homes – and we see a spike in house and apartment fires. Alternative heat sources can carry greater risks than traditional methods, and can lead to a disastrous blaze. We want you to stay warm and safe. Below are suggestions to achieve both. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. In the event of a fire, working smoke alarms and a practiced fire escape plan can save lives. For more fire safety tips, visit www.redcross.…