October / Fire Prevention Month:  Tips from the Sunset Beach Fire Department 

Adults over 54 are at higher risk for injury or death from a fire for a variety of reasons including slower reaction time, medication that slows them down, and the possibility of living alone with no one to help them.

As such, they need to take many steps to protect themselves in case of a fire or to prevent it from happening, except in the most extenuating circumstances.  Click HERE for these fire safety tips.

 

 

Brunswick County Recycling Services

Brunswick County residents and property owners can dispose of the following year around.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY LANDFILL
Electronics, fluorescent bulbs & CFL’s, single stream recycling, scrap metal, appliances, propane tanks, oyster shells, tires (limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, latex paint & cans, textiles, corrugated cardboard, household & automotive batteries, used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, fuel, smoke detectors and cellphones.

CONVENIENCE SITES
Electronics, fluorescent bulbs (4 foot or smaller) & CFL’s, single stream recycling, corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, household batteries, appliances, oyster shells (all locations except Leland), tires (Southport and Leland only, limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, smoke detectors, textiles and cellphones.

COUNTY PARKS
Single-stream recycling and textiles (coming soon).

For location and hours, please visit the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling website at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/solid-waste-and-recycling/.

What is the Clean Swell app?

While you are out and about this summer, remember the Clean Swell app. Anywhere you find litter and dispose of it in the correct way can be entered into this app to provide researchers and policy makers the information that they need to provide solutions to the issues on litter. The data is collected globally by the Ocean Conservancy.  The app allows you to:

  • Record the trash you collect.
  • Share your results with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
  • Track the total distance cleaned.
  • See the total weight of the trash you collect.
  • Keep a record of your efforts.
  • Help identify trends that are useful in finding solutions.
  • Learn scientific facts about the impact of trash on ocean animals and what you can do to help.

For more information on the program, visit the Ocean Conservancy website.

Information provided by the H&SRC.

 

 

Hospital Safety Grade Available for All Hospitals

From the Health and Safety Resource Committee:

Hospital Safety Grade: this is a score for hospitals in the United States on how safe the hospital keeps their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.  Click on this link http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and check the safety score of any hospital in the United States. On the right side of the home page, enter a City and State.  If you put in Supply, NC you get a list of all the hospitals in this area.

Break the Grip of the Rip

Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don’t know what to do.
If you do happen to be caught in a rip current, stay calm. It won’t pull you under – it’ll just pull you away from shore. If you try to fight the rip current and swim against it, you’ll just get worn out. Instead – float!
If you can, wave and yell to get the attention of lifeguards and people on shore to let them know you need help.
If you’re a good swimmer, swim parallel to shore until you’ve cleared the pull of the rip current. Swim with the waves, allowing them to push you to shore.
If you’re on shore and see someone in trouble in a rip current do not go in after them. Instead – call for help! If a lifeguard is not available, throw in something that floats or extend a reaching object, but don’t try to be a hero and make the rescue yourself. Even trained lifeguards only attempt a rescue using a flotation device.  Click HERE for additional information.

 

Good Tips to Know to Help Avoid Shark Bites

During The Months from 5 to 9 (May to Sept.)  Swim the Hours of 9:00 to 5:00 pm

To decrease your already small chance of becoming a victim of a shark bite, observe the following rules:

  1. Always swim in a group.  Sharks most often attack lone individuals.
  2. Don’t wander too far from shore.  Doing so isolates you and places you away from assistance.
  3. Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk.  Many sharks are most active at these times and are better able to find you than you are to see them. 
  4. Don’t enter the water if bleeding.  Sharks can smell and taste blood, and trace it back to its source.
  5. Don’t wear shiny jewelry.  The reflected light looks like shining fish scales.
  6. Don’t go into waters containing sewage.  Sewage attracts bait fishes, which in turn attract sharks.
  7. Avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes.  Diving seabirds are good indicators of such activities. 
  8. Don’t enter the water if sharks are present.  Leave immediately if sharks are seen.
  9. Avoid brightly colored clothing.  Sharks see contrast particularly well, so use extra caution when waters are cloudy. 
  10. Don’t splash a lot.  Also, keep pets out of the water. Erratic movements can attract sharks.
  11. Use care near sandbars or steep drop-offs.  These are favorite hangouts for sharks.
  12. Don’t relax just because porpoises are nearby.  Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks. Both often eat the same foods. 
  13. If attacked by a shark, the general rule is “Do whatever it takes to get away!”  Some people have successfully chosen to be aggressive, others passive. Some yelled underwater, others blew bubbles.  

Information provided by the Health and Safety Resource Committee