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Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car - Not Even for a Minute

On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle with July and August being the months with the highest average number of deaths. These tragic deaths can be prevented.

Sometimes, adults may forget their baby or toddler are in the car.  The child is sleeping, there is a change of routine, or a quick errand is ran and the child is left alone in the car.  The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can cause serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children have a very high chance of being injured or dying because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies can be prevented by following ACT: 

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a purse, bag, or cell phone that is needed at your final stop.  This is very important if you’re not following your normal routine.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Here are more tips: Safe Kids Heatstroke Prevention Tips

Blue-green algae

Blue-green algae is also known as Cyanobacteria and commonly called "pond scum." It is often blue-green in color, but can also be blue, green, reddish-purple, or brown. Blue-green algae generally grows in lakes, ponds and slow-moving streams when the water is warm and full of nutrients needed to grow. In Wisconsin, blue-green algae blooms generally occur between mid-June and late September. 

Blue-green algae can be a health issue because certain kinds can make you or your pet sick.  For people, signs include sore throat, being stuffed up, difficulty breathing, itchy skin, earache, headache, stomach ache and diarrhea. For pets, signs include vomiting, diarrhea and being tired.

For more information on signs or other information,  visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/water/bg-algae/index.htm

Ebola Information

For up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Ebola, click here.

Source: CDC