Tips for a Safe and Wonderful Labor Day Holiday

Beach with child by KUWK

Good morning everyone!  I wanted throw out a quick post since today is Labor Day and I know there will be loads of fun BBQ’s and of course, South Florida’s standard Labor Day party takes place at theChild digging in sand in a Purple Hat at Beach beach!

If your BBQ! runs late please be careful of mosquito’s.  Dengue Fever has been in the news a bit in South Florida as it has for the last few years.  So please protect yourself and your family!

If you are headed to the beach today, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the signs of rip currents and how to deal with them.  Every holiday there seems to be reports of deaths due to rip currents.  There are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your kids not just from rip currents, but other beach hazards.  Please check out my article on 5 Tips for Hitting the Beach with Kids.

Have a Great, Fun and Safe Day Everyone!

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Dengue Fever in South Florida

I just wanted to make a quick post to all of you parents out there.  There has been a confirmed case of Dengue Fever in Broward County, Maimi Dade and a few in the Keys.
I was particularly interested in this quote by Mosquito Control Director Sandra Fisher in the Miami Herald because I have actually been having problems with mosquitoes in my home since the weather cooled and we opened the windows.   “Mosquitoes that carry dengue fever live very close to humans, who make up 95 percent of the blood meals that keep them alive, Fisher said. The mosquitoes live in flower pots, birdbaths, old tires and other containers that fill with water during rains. They try to get inside houses to breed in vases, pet dishes, even bottle tops,”  We have since turned the air conditioner back on until I can find the holes in my screens.
I just wanted everyone to be aware that it is out there so we can all take a few precautions, drain any standing water around your homes, cover up with long sleeves and pants, and stay indoors at dusk and dawn.  The Counties are recommending the use of a deet bug repellent in addition to list above.
You can read more about Dengue Fever and its symptoms at the Florida Department of Health Website.