Last year across the United States there were nearly 370,000 house fires, causing more than 2,700 deaths and 12,000 injuries.
This year, the American Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined. In Wisconsin, locally trained workers responded to help more than 3,451 people after home fires.
Spokesperson Barbara Behling says 7 people die each day in house fires. She says most house fires are preventable....
Health officials are cautioning parents to think about the safety aspects of the toy you purchase for children.
Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink says make sure you buy age appropriate toys and that the toys have been tested so it meets safety standards. She says be especially careful concerning toys for the youngest children...
"....anything that can be swallowed or have pieces that can come off and be swallowed and therefore be a choking hazard. Balloons are not good either. because when they pop they become small and become a choking hazard...."
For the first time, the possibility of preventing invasive species from entering into Wisconsin has been approved. The Natural Resources Board voted to approve revisions to the state's invasive species rule known as NR40. The revisions include listing of additional species and delisting of currently regulated species under the state's Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control rule.
A recent survey found fewer adults smoking, but a health worker says there's more work to be done.
The survey by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention found 18 percent of Wisconsin adults lighting up. That's down from 20 percent in it's survey from two years ago and consistent with a national figure of 17.9 percent.
The Coordinator For the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition, Corie Zelazoski, says cutting the adult smoking rate is a success, but there are still certain groups of people with higher-than-normal smoking numbers...
While most people look forward to the holiday season, it also can be a time when stress makes the time less than enjoyable.
Corie Zelazoski at the Oneida County Health Department says they're emphasizing people keep up good habits with proper eating, exercise and tobacco and alcohol use, but also to not think you have to do more than you can handle...
A new name for a collaboration among the state's leading health care systems. Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gunderson Health System, ProHealth Care , ThedaCare and UW Health announced they have put a name on a recent partnership.
"about health" was picked as the new name. The organizations agreed in October to work together but hadn't put a headline name on the effort.
Aspirus President and CEO Matthew Heywood says the idea is to work together...
No doubt you've heard of folks in the Northwoods who have been experiencing an outbreak of colds, flu and in some cases digestive problems. Perhaps you've been sick recently. The easiest way to reduce your chances of getting sick can be as easy as washing your hands.
Oneida County Health Department Specialist Marta Koelling talks about an easy prevention technique...
Those of us shoveling a lot of snow these days may have the sore backs to prove it. Chiropractors say there is a better way.
Back injuries are common this time of year. Dr. Grace Zuiker of Tomahawk’s Allied Health Chiropractic…says many are due to shoveling techniques that put too much strain on the back. She says use your whole body to avoid injury.
“And when you start pushing, lower your stance so you’re down farther, so then you can push into the show, rather than using just your back to push…so use your knees to get lower.”