October is National Fire Prevention month. According to the NFPA U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 358,300 home structure fires per year during 2010-2014, which represents three-quarters of all structure fires. $6.7 billion in direct damage, or 69% of total direct damage in structure fires.
A tragedy can strike at any time. Preparing cannot only save your life but it can help save others.
- Here are some tips that can help you when it comes to fires:
Be sure all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
- Don’t use candles. Wax with wicks are the most common fire starters among house fires.
- Always have a fire extinguisher in an easy to reach place in the event of an emergency.
- Make sure there is a smoke detector outside of each bedroom.
- Avoid smoking inside your home. If you do smoke inside your home, use a metal canister with sand or water to put out cigarette butts.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets or surge bars.
- Prepare an evacuation plan with your family in the event of a fire. Be sure to have designated escape spots and a backup escape spots in case other spot are blocked from the fire.
- Protecting yourself and your loved ones from fire is important. Preparing now and knowing the basics can help save a life.
If you have questions regarding possible fire damages to your home, please call C.H. Edwards, Inc. today at (516) 249-5200 or visit our website at www.chedwards.net.
Written by: Amanda Haase
What is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It occurs in one in every 691 live births. Individuals with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different.
For families living with someone with Down Syndrome, every day is a chance to promote Down syndrome awareness. The calendar, however, provides us with one month during the year when we can really step up those efforts.
How can you promote Down Syndrome Awareness?
- Distribute National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) posters and bookmarks to area schools, libraries, or businesses (you can order them through the NADS office or the website: www.nads.org)
- Provide your obstetrician or your family doctor with updates about how your child is doing and, if they are receptive, with family photos or information about Down syndrome
- Donate books about Down syndrome to your local school or library
- Talk to your child’s class
- Arrange for a NADS speaker to give a presentation at your child’s school or at an organization in your community.
- Contact local media about doing a human interest story about your family or about activities involving people with Down syndrome in your area.
- Write a letter to your local paper
Organize a special event during October to highlight the gifts of people with Down syndrome—a performance, or an art exhibit or a screening of a movie or video featuring characters with Down syndrome (you could also show the NADS video, Talents that Inspire)
Organize a “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” at a local restaurant or community event.
The transition to adulthood can be a very difficult time for families living with a person with Down Syndrome. Planning for the future is a critical part of this transition. If you would like more information on estate planning for your family, give C.H. Edwards, Inc. a call at 516-249-5200 or visit our website at www.chedwards.net.
Written by: Denise Visco
The lifetime risk of a woman in the United States of getting breast cancer is one out of eight. Mammograms help detect cancer at its early stages with the use of full field digital imaging. Although going for an annual breast exam may seem helpful in detecting tumors, research has shown that the death rate of women suffering from breast cancer is nearly identical to those women who have received mammograms annually. Before walking into the doctor’s office for your next mammogram it is important to know these five facts:
Mammograms May Offer Less Benefit Than You Think –
Many women believe that a mammography reduces the risk of breast cancer deaths by at least half. In reality, mammography, at best, offers a reduction of 20 percent and prevents only one breast-cancer death per 1,000 women.
Mammography May Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer in Women with a BRCA 1/2 Mutation –
Women carrying the mutation BRCA ½ that are exposed to radiation (including mammograms) before the age of 30 are twice as likely to develop breast cancer, compared to women who do not have the mutation. Research has also found that the radiation-induced cancer was dose-responsive. Quite simply meaning the higher the dosage, the bigger the risk!
False Positives are Common (and Dangerous) –
The risk of having a false-positive test results is shockingly high. Having a false-positive can give women stress and anxiety and subject them to other unnecessary testing which can cause other risks on their own.
Mammograms May Not Work if You Have Dense Breasts –
50 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which makes reading mammograms harder to read. Dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on an X-ray, making it hard for doctors to tell the difference.
There are Other Screening Options –
There are other screening options available. It’s your body and you have the right to utilize your options!
So now you know the facts! Consider these facts when you attend your next annual mammogram. Remember, it’s your body, take control and be aware!
C.H. Edwards, Inc. recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Through our blog and other social media efforts, we strive to educate and bring awareness to all.
Written by: Amanda Haase