Monthly Topics - Oct 2017
Ghost And Goblin Watch
Halloween is fast approaching and the scent of goblins and candy corn is in the air. The staff at St. Tropez Ocean wishes all residents and their little hobgoblins a ghoulishly wonderful night!
Help the little ghosts and goblins have a happy and safe night. Make sure to supervise your young trick-or-treaters and walk in well-lit familiar neighborhoods. Hope you have a Happy Halloween.
Happy Halloween From the Staff
For those who will be out trick or treating please remember to be safe. Here are some things to remember:
- Watch for children darting out from between parked cars, on roadways, medians and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- If you are driving children, be sure they exit on the curbside, away from traffic.
- Do not wear your mask while driving.
BEFORE THEY GO OUT
Before children start out on their “trick or treat” rounds, parents should make sure that:
- An adult will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
- Children travel only in familiar areas and along an established route and know to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
- Each child has change for a phone call in case they have a problem.
- A return time has been established.
- Youngsters understand not to eat any treat until you have inspected it.
- Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.
- Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions.
- Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
- Costumes should be loose, so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
- Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
- Outfits should be made with light-colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children even more visible.
- For youngsters under the age of 12, attach their names, addresses and telephone numbers.
- Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Facial make-up is safer and more colorful.
- When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.
- If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eyeholes.
- Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials.
- Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape.
- Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
ON THE WAY
Children should understand and follow these rules:
- Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
- Walk from house to house. Do not run. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects can present tripping hazards.
- Walk on sidewalks, not in the street or on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat outing for children, parents are urged to:
- Give children an early meal before going out.
- Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
- Wash fruit, and slice it into small pieces.
- Report to the police anything that appears suspicious about treats.
- When in doubt, throw it out.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
How can I find breast cancer early?
The best way to find breast lumps that may be cancer is to do 3 things:
- Have regular mammograms.
- Have your doctor check your breasts.
- Check your breasts yourself every month.
- Doing all of these things gives you the best chance to find cancer as early as you can. Finding breast cancer early makes treatment much easier and more effective. More than 90 out of 100 women whose breast cancer is found early will be cured.
Changes to look for in your breasts
- Any new lump (which may not be painful or tender)
- Unusual thickening of your breasts
- Sticky or bloody discharge from your nipples
- Any changes in the skin of your nipples or breasts, such as puckering or dimpling
- An unusual increase in the size of one breast
- One breast unusually lower than the other
For more information you can visit the American Cancer Society's breast cancer website at www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345. You can also visit the Breast Cancer Network's Web site at www.breastcancer.net.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month
National Denal Hygien Month originated in 1985 as National Dental Hygiene Week, as an observance designed to raise awareness about preventive oral health care and promote the role of dental hygienists. By 1993, activities had grown so varied and widespread that a week was not enough, so the observance was expanded to include the entire month of October.
Did You Know?
- Tongue and lip piercing can cause blood poisoning, prolonged or permanent drooling, damaged sense of taste, toxic shock syndrome, permanent damage to tooth enamel and oral tissue, and transmission of infections such as hepatitis B and HIV.
- Tobacco is the primary cause of oral cancers. Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day or using smokeless tobacco quadruples the risk of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer occurs twice as frequently in men as women.
- Toothbrushes should be replaced every two-three months and after illnesses, like a cold or flu. Three out of four patients don't change their toothbrush as often as they should.
- Two out of three dental hygienists report that they see signs of hypertension and heart disease in some of their patients.
- Chewing gum can help eliminate food particles caught between teeth after a meal and also helps prevent plaque build up by stimulating saliva production.