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Eight Ways to Reduce Risk of SIDS

Eight Ways to Reduce Risk of SIDS

Melanie Christensen, contributing writer Every year, approximately 3,500 infants die from sleep-related deaths in the United States, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Sleep-related deaths can include strangulation, suffocation or entrapment. If...

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Four Tips To Teach Your Kids About Emergencies

Four Tips To Teach Your Kids About Emergencies

Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief Have you ever wondered how your children would cope if there was an accident in your home and you weren’t present or able to walk them through the response? I have thought about this often, and wondered how I can effectively prepare my...

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Stay Cool in the Extreme Heat

Stay Cool in the Extreme Heat

Courtesy of Southeastern Idaho Public Health With the joys of summer come the perils of extreme heat. Extreme heat can cause a variety of illnesses and can even be fatal.  For this reason, Southeastern Idaho Public Health wants to share some tips for staying safe...

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Why Sun Safety is Important

Why Sun Safety is Important

Mimi Taylor, M.S., public information officer, Eastern Idaho Public Health  With summer practically here, more people will venture outside to work and play. Activities like swimming, hiking, biking, yard work and backyard barbecues will expose our bodies to the...

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Preparing for Summer Travel

Preparing for Summer Travel

Sgt. Bryan Lovell, Bonneville Sheriff's Office Everyone in our area has been gearing up for several significant events this summer, the largest ones being the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration on the Fourth of July, in a new location at Snake River Landing, the Blue...

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Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

Matthew Galloway, Caribou County Sheriff’s Office It’s a great time of year. Winter is losing its grasp and spring is just around the corner. As we put our spring “to-do” lists together, it’s fun to include planning spring and summer fun. Vacations, camping, fishing...

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Moms Demand Action: Gun Safety Awareness

Moms Demand Action: Gun Safety Awareness

Kate Petersen, contributing writer Last month marked the four-year anniversary of the school shooting that took the lives of 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In an effort to help prevent gun violence among children in...

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Winter Driving and Recreation Preparedness

Winter Driving and Recreation Preparedness

Sgt. Bryan Lovell, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Eastern Idaho has an abundance of outdoor activity during the cold winter months. Our deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers have rescued numerous people who were unprepared for the weather and road conditions...

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Stay Safe in Winter Sports

Stay Safe in Winter Sports

BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Bear River Health Department Winter brings many outdoor activities for children to enjoy. However, winter activities such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding and skating result in thousands of injuries for children each year. The...

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Best Practices for a Safe Holiday

Best Practices for a Safe Holiday

Bryan Lovell, Bonneville County Sheriff's Office The transition from fall to winter is upon us, bringing changing routines as people, businesses and government offices gear up for the upcoming holiday and winter season. As this transition continues, keep a few things...

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Six Back-to-School Safety Tips

Six Back-to-School Safety Tips

Back to school is a busy time for families. With school supplies, new clothes and sports tryouts, parents may not think about safety issues. Safe Kids Bear River wants to remind parents to teach their kids how to stay safe during the school year. Safe Kids Bear River...

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Summer Safety for Your Family

by Russel McKenna, DO, pediatrician, Treehouse Clinic  Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). FIREWORKS SAFETY Be cautious. Even fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach...

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Preventing Summer Injuries

by BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids, but it’s also when they can be at risk for severe injuries. Safe Kids Bear River recommends the following five tips to stay safe this summer...

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Celebrating Motherhood

Celebrating Motherhood

by Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief  For weeks my 6-year-old twins have counted down the days until we would celebrate Mother’s Day with a tea party in their Kindergarten classroom. Without exaggeration, I believe I have heard nearly as much excitement about this...

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Choking Prevention for Kids

by BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Bear River Health Department  Babies and small children are constantly putting things in their mouths as a way to explore their environment. However, toys, small objects and even food can be potential choking hazards. Here are...

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Car Seat Safety

by Erin Griffeth, community services coordinator, Cache County Sheriff's Office  Hurry, hurry, hurry! There is so much to do: grocery shopping, music lessons, basketball practice, dinner, laundry, clean house, bedtime routines and sleep. Wouldn’t you love to not have...

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Safe Sleep for Your Baby

by BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River For parents of a newborn, nothing is better than your little one soundly sleeping. However, unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children under age one. By following...

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Ways to Honor Our Mothers

Ways to Honor Our Mothers

by Schae Richards, community editor A mother’s love is infinite. She’s encourages, inspires and teaches her children. She comforts and supports them, just as she admires and praises them. This Mother’s Day, take a moment to reflect on the memories with your mother....

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Sun Hazards in Your Car

Block UV Rays While Driving To Protect Your Family's Skin by Lane Jones, Logan Glass For the first time ever the US Surgeon General came out with a warning to the public about ultraviolet (UV) radiation. With melanoma cases almost tripling over the last 30 years, it...

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Buying or Building Your Dream Home in 2015

by Kinsey Love, marketing manager at Lewiston State Bank Buying a home means spending a lot of time paying attention to the details, from blueprints to paint and everything in between. Buying a home means a lot of time searching and scrutinizing the options. All of...

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