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Celebrate safely: fireworks can cause severe injuries, even death

Published on July 2, 2015 By Rich Kelley, NREMT-P, EMS clinical supervisor, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Synonymous with the Fourth of July, fireworks are often used at celebrations among friends and family this time of year. Although pretty, fireworks can be extremely dangerous if proper care is not taken. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind if you plan to use or be around fireworks this summer:

Before lighting a firework, you should always read the warning label carefully and follow all directions. It’s important to always buy from a legal, reputable seller. Legal fireworks will have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions for use. Many times, illegal firew...

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Lightning safety

Published on June 25, 2015 By Ken Kephart, paramedic, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Summer weather can mean increased storms that bring dangerous lightning. Protecting you and your family means understanding what lightning is, planning ahead for unpredictable weather, and understanding what to do if you find yourself in the midst of a storm.

Lightning is a giant spark of static electricity generated from clouds that are electrically charged. You often see lightning moving across the sky; this is the most common. You also see lightning moving between the ground and a cloud, and this is when lightning is the most dangerous.

While lightning can be a fascinating thing to wat...

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Protect your hearing this summer

Published on June 22, 2015 By Leslie Purcell, AuD, audiology, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Do you use a lawn mower or leaf blower for several hours at a time without wearing hearing protection? Have you attended a concert and left with your ears ringing? Have you used a firearm without protecting your hearing? If you have engaged in any of these activities, you may have caused yourself noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Approximately 48 million Americans have hearing loss. One in three of these individuals developed his or her hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise. NIHL can be caused by a sudden or "impact" sound and/or long-term exposure to noise, which damage...

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  • Celebrate safely: fireworks can cause severe injuries, even death
  • Lightning safety
  • Protect your hearing this summer

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