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Flood Safety Tips

A flood is an overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits, especially over what is normally dry land. Some floods can occur suddenly and recede quickly. Others take days or even months to build and discharge. When floods happen in an area that people live, the water…

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Landslide Safety Tips

A landslide refers to a downhill movement of mud, rocks, soil, and other debris. It can be slow and capable of causing gradual damage or fast and capable of quickly destroying anything in its path. A majority of landslides are caused by heavy rains, earthquakes and other natural forces. Landslides…

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Earthquake Safety Tips

Experiencing an Earthquake? Check out these survival tips: General Tips: Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit. Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you. Stay away from windows.…

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Road Safety Tips

The National Road Safety Council has revealed that at least 183 Jamaicans have been killed in road accidents since the start of 2016. While there are many factors that contribute to road accidents, adhering to some common road safety tips could make a big difference between life and death. As…

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Physical Activity Guide and Toolkit for the Workplace

Physical Activity at the Workplace Workplaces will experience many cost benefits when they invest in physical activity programmes for their staff. Research has shown that the benefits that the individual employee receives will be reflected in increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and reduced staff turn-over to name a few (UK Health and Safety Executive…

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Christmas Spending Tips

Cutting down on holiday spending, doesn't have to mean cutting down on holiday fun. Here are 10 ways to plan a fun holiday without breaking the bank: 1. Create a Budget Create a solid spending plan. Review your finances and decide how much you can afford to spend on Christmas…

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Frequently Asked Questions: Ebola Virus Disease

Download Frequently Asked Questions: Ebola Virus Disease PDF  1. What is Ebola virus disease? Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola first…

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Frequently Asked Questions: Chikungunya

1. What is Chikungunya? Chikungunya fever is an emerging mosquito-borne disease caused by an alphavirus, Chikungunya virus. The disease is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito. CHIKV is spread when the female Aedes mosquito bites an infected person and then bites other people. 2.…

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CHIKUNGUNYA (CHIK) Fact Sheet

The disease Chikungunya is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes that causes fever and severe joint pains. It is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquito Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread or pass on the chikungunya virus. This type of mosquito also spreads the dengue virus. Symptoms The most common symptoms are fever…

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Christmas Safety Tips

Christmas is a very magical time of the year. The lights, decorations and treats for the young and young at heart. However there are many hazards that lurk beneath the merriment. Here is a checklist of hazards to keep in mind while planning and carrying out your festivities.   Safer…

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Cancer Prevention Tips

Stop smoking. If you smoke, quit. If you don't smoke, don't start. Smoking is linked to several types of cancer - not just lung cancer. Quitting now will reduce your risk of cancer in the future.   Avoid excessive sun exposure. Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can increase…

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Back to School Tips

ACQUIRING SCHOOL TEXT BOOKS Plan your shopping routes carefully to avoid spending days in search of school supplies Remember that the best guard against purchasing the wrong textbook is to take the booklist along to the store. Before writing your child’s name in the book, check the edition, author and…

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Back to School Health Tips

1. Ensure that a complete medical examination is done. Before your child starts the new school year, make sure that a complete medical examination is done to determine the child’s health status. 2. Ensure that your child is fully immunized. Making sure that children of all ages are fully vaccinated…

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Tips for Parents / Schools to Protect Children at Home and School

Teach your children to run away from danger, never toward it. Danger is anyone or anything invading their personal space. If anyone should try to grab them, tell them to make a scene; loudly yell this person is not my father/mother/guardian; and make every effort to get away by kicking,…

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General Health and Safety Tips

Preparing First Timers for School Your child may be suffering from anxieties about going to school for the first time. Preparing your child (and yourself) for these changes is important to ensuring a less traumatic separation. Speak about school in a positive way and introduce it as a fun time…

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Safety Tips: Rape

Rape Is Not A Selective Crime It happens on streets, in cars, in schools, in parks, in alleys. The rapist has no regard for age, race or social status. Safety Tips For Rape Prevention Be aware of the possibility of being raped....it could happen to YOU. Safety at Home Replace or…

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Tips: Prevention of Dengue Fever

At present, the only way to prevent and control the Dengue epidemic is to combat the mosquitoes that transmit the disease: 1. Discard old drums, used tyres, plastic containers and other items that collect rainwater. These items act as breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. 2. Sleeping area should…

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Back to School Road Safety Tips

September is back to school month which means that roads will be much more populated by young children travelling to and from school. With all the excitement and eagerness to be back in class, persons should remember that roads can be a dangerous place. Parents and children are being reminded…

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14 Tips On How To Keep Cool In The Summer

1.      Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or decreasing your level of exertion. 2.      Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of…

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Hurricane Tips

The official hurricane season is June 1 to November 30. The period is usually a rainy one even if a hurricane does not develop. As a statutory body, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister with a Board of…

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