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This Week's Facts:

  1. Halloween Safety Tips Courtesy of the CDC

  2. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

  3. Weeek Dedicated to Infection Prevention

  4. Law Aims to Prevent Alcohol-Related Deaths

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

President Praises Partnership
with U.N.

The 2013 Presidential proclamation for UN Day was released this week on October 23, 2013.

The Charter of the United Nations was created by 50 countries in 1944 and signed by the same countries in June of 1945. According to the online history of the UN, the UN officially came into existence on October 24, 1945, when the charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and by a majority of other signatories.

You can read more about the present day organization in Partnering for the Future, yesterday’s article from the Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States. The UN provides a Cyber School Bus to visit for more information, including The United Nations: An Introduction for Students.

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Halloween Safety Tips Courtesy of the CDC

Halloween SafetyFall is here and the changing seasons brings cooler weather, pumpkins, hayrides, and Halloween.  Halloween is a fun time to dress up in costumes, go trick or treating, attend parties, and eat lots of candy!  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Halloween safety tips to keep you, your friends, and family safe. Here are a few safety tips if you or your kids are trick or treating: 

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house
  • Always test make-up in a small area of the skin first
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.   

If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters or hosting a party, provide healthy treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity. Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. 

Click here for Halloween Food Safety Tips. You can also get more Halloween safety Tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These and other tips and resources can help keep you celebrate Halloween and other fall activities safe. Happy Halloween!

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness MonthRecognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to involve the general public to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment. Everyone can play a role in cybersecurity.  Today’s evolving cyber threats require the cooperation of the entire nation-from government, law enforcement, private sector, and the general public. Cyberspace is a part of everything we do in our daily lives and the world is more interconnected today than ever before. Cyberspace provides us with conveniences such as shopping at home online, baking from our smartphones, and interacting with friends from around the world through social networks.

The Department of Homeland Security is trying to raise cybersecurity awareness across the nation and working across all levels of government, the private sector, and internationally to protect against and respond to cyber incidents. This year commemorates the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  This is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.  Each week of National Cyber Security Awareness highlights a different element of cybersecurity, but the overarching theme is the same: Together, we can maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient, and that remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information on how internet users can practice cybersecurity during the month and throughout the year, visit Stop.Think.Connect.

Weeek Dedicated to Infection Prevention

International Infection Prevention WeekMost of us know that hand-washing is important – but how important?

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology recognizes International Infection Prevention Week this week, to teach and remind people about the ways germs are spread. The Association’s newly launched website, Infection Prevention and You, describes how healthcare consumers can do our part in preventing infection. The website says that each year nearly 1.7 million people in the U.S. get infections in hospitals while being treated for something else and that nearly 99,000 people each year die from these infections. It encourages people to “Do your part! Wherever you are, there is something you can do to stay safe from infections.” This includes while you or a loved one are being treated for an illness. Visit the website for online tools and resources for awareness, including scavenger hunts and games.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and family physician Dr. Will Sawyer, you and your patrons can visit the Henry the Hand website for healthful tips, coloring books, and more materials on this year’s theme, “Spread the Word Not the Germs.”

The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness

  1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
  2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
  3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands. Above all:
  4. DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

Law Aims to Prevent Alcohol-Related Deaths

Indiana Lifeline Law The Indiana Attorney General’s Office reminds all Hoosiers about Indiana’s Lifeline Law in an October 21 press release.  Because underage drinking and binge drinking by young people create unsafe and medically hazardous situations, State Senator Jim Merritt and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller are visiting campuses to remind college students that the Indiana Lifeline Law exists to protect young people from arrest, if first they seek help for an alcohol-related medical emergency.

MAKE THE CALL - CALL 911. If someone appears to be in need of medical attention, never hesitate to call 911, even if you're not sure how serious the condition is. One call can make all the difference.

GET HELP - Don't go anywhere. Always stay with the person needing help. You may be able to provide valuable information and assist authorities until the situation has been resolved.

SAVE A LIFE - The Lifeline Law makes it clear to young adults throughout Indiana that our priority is to get professional medical care to those who need it, no matter the circumstances.
Sen. Merritt was the author of the bill, Senate Enrolled Act 274, which passed and took effect in July 2012 and now is known as the Indiana Lifeline Law.  Intended to prevent alcohol-related deaths by encouraging prompt medical response, the law creates legal immunity for the person who calls emergency services. “Legal immunity” means the prosecutor would not file criminal charges for alcohol offenses – such as illegal possession or public intoxication – against those who request help for an intoxicated friend and remain at the scene to cooperate with emergency responders. explains the Lifeline Law and you can also view a video and link to the Lifeline Law awareness campaigns on Facebook and Twitter.

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