FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is encouraging everyone to be safe this Labor Day weekend while celebrating the end of summer.
The department offered the following tips on mosquito safety, swimming safety, and food safety:
Mosquito Prevention Tips
So far this year mosquitoes from 59 counties in Indiana have tested positive for West Nile virus. Of 209 samples tested in Allen County, 22 were found positive for the virus.
- Check your property for breeding sites. Eliminate any sources of standing water. Clean out gutters and birdbaths. Properly dispose of tires. Maintain swimming pools and hot tubs. Make sure septic tanks, rain barrels and garbage cans are covered.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
- Limit time spent outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.
- When possible, wear loose, light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers specific advice for parents to reduce the risks of childhood drowning:
- Never – even for a moment – leave small children alone or in the care of another young child while in bathtubs, pools, spas or wading pools, or near irrigation ditches or standing water.
- Closely supervise children in and around water. With infants, toddlers and weak swimmers, an adult should be within an arm’s length. With older children and better swimmers, an adult should be focused on the child and not distracted by other activities.
- Children need to learn to swim. AAP supports swimming lessons for most children 4 years and older.
- Parents, caregivers and pool owners should learn CPR.
- Counsel teenagers about the increased risk of drowning when alcohol is involved.
To help prevent the spread of germs that cause recreational water illnesses (RWIs), the CDC recommends that swimmers should take these simple steps:
- Don't swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make others sick.
- Don't swallow pool water and avoid getting water in your mouth.
- Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.
The United States Department of Agriculture suggests these steps for safe food handling:
- Wash your hands. Always wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
- Sanitize surfaces. Surfaces should be washed with hot, soapy water. You can also use a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water.
- Separate food when preparing and serving. Use a clean cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw seafood, meat or poultry. Don’t place cooked food back on the same plate or cutting board that previously held raw food.
- Marinate properly. Always marinate food in the refrigerator. Don’t use sauce that was used to marinate raw meat or poultry on cooked food. Reserve a portion of the unused marinade to use as a sauce.
- Check temperatures. Use a food thermometer to ensure that food is properly cooked and is held at safe temperature until eaten. Hamburgers should be cooked to 160ºF, while large cuts of beef such as roasts and steaks may be cooked to 145ºF for medium rare or to 160ºF for medium. Poultry must reach a temperature of 165°F. Fish must reach an internal temperature of 145oF and should be opaque and flake easily.
For more information on these and other safety topics, visit www.allencountyhealth.com.
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