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Public Safety

  • Vanderbilt-led flu surveillance study tracks pediatric vaccination rates

        A study appearing in the January edition of Pediatrics, led by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, looks at how Nashville children ages 6 months through 5 years fared over 11 consecutive flu seasons concluding in 2010-11.
        Immunization recommendations changed during this period. Ahead of the 2007-08 flu season, for the first time, the immunization schedule published annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended annual flu vaccination for most children ages 6 months to 5 years.

  • Be weather wise about fire safety during winter’s coldest months

        As winter weather rolls through the Volunteer State leaving a trail of frozen pipes, power outages and house fires in its wake, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.

  • Treating pain with methadone means increased death risk

        Outside the hospital, use of methadone to treat pain carries a 46 percent increased risk of death when compared to the equally effective but more costly alternative, morphine SR (sustained release).
        That’s according to a study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, appearing online this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.

  • Vanderbilt Allergist offers tips to deal with suddenly changing temperatures

        The skies are gray and rainy for days, but suddenly are clear and dry. Temperatures are warm and mild, and then suddenly plunge in an arctic chill.
        And suddenly lots of people are dealing with runny noses and reaching for pain relievers or other remedies to deal with sinus and allergy problems.

  • State Fire Marshal’s office urges safe generator use during winter

        As winter temperatures plunge across Tennessee, home and business owners may rely on portable generators during occasional power outages to operate their electrical equipment such as heating units, computers, water pumps and lighting.
        While portable generators can provide a quick fix, they can also pose unseen hazards that can have long-lasting effects. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that following some basic, common sense tips can ensure safe generator use every time.

  • Celebration safety

        When it comes to fireworks and New Year’s celebrations, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants residents to make good fire safety habits a New Year’s tradition whether at home or out on the town.
        The State Fire Marshal’s Office strongly advises that people attend organized public fireworks displays where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offer a safer way to ring in a new year.

  • Prevent your sprinkler system from freezing

        As temperatures plunge this winter, fire sprinkler systems become vulnerable to freeze-ups just like all water-filled pipes.
        The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging home and business owners to take a few preventative maintenance steps now in order to keep buildings safe from fire during the winter months and help owners avoid costly repairs down the road.

  • Safety check set for January 25th

        The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of January 25, 2015, on State Hwy 62 at Petit Lane in Morgan County.
        Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Tips to prevent holiday weight gain

        With family get-togethers, holiday parties and the abundance of special treats available during the holidays, it can be a real challenge to avoid putting on pounds.
        “It’s a good idea to eat in a healthy way all year round, but for a lot of people it’s especially challenging during the holidays,” said Jessica Bennett, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center dietitian and certified personal trainer.

  • Toy Safety Tips for the holiday from Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

        Safety expert at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offers tips to avoid this year’s most dangerous toys.     
        According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) more than 120,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries each year.