Parish Nurse News
Sheila Griffin, RN

Safety First

By now we are anxiously awaiting Spring and warmer weather. However, it is still winter for a few more weeks and Mother Nature likes to throw a few more zingers at us before she is through with Winter.

One thing that is a huge safety hazard in winter is slippery sidewalks and steps. We shovel, put down sand or salt, then the ice melts and hardens up again when the temperature drops. I have recently come across something that was easy to make, cost almost nothing and as of this writing seems very effective in keeping our walkway and front steps free of ice. It is a solution of dish detergent, rubbing alcohol, and warm/hot water. I mixed a teaspoon of Dawn, a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and a half gallon of very warm water and it was poured onto our sidewalk. Voila! No ice. Not sure if or when it will have to be reapplied or if any other dish detergent would be just as effective, but for now this is working for us.

Another safety issue is that nasty 3-lettered "F" word. FLU!! Presently this nasty bug is rampant in almost half of our nation. From news reports, this year's flu vaccine is effective. So, if you have not yet gotten your flu vaccine, it is not too late as flu season lasts until April. It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to become fully functional so do not delay any longer.

Quote of the Month:

"May the roof above us never fall in, And may we friends gathered below Never fall out". (Old Irish toast)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sheila

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