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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. According to the American Heart Association’s heart disease and stroke statistics report in 2018:

  • 1 million people will have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease;
  • 16.5 million Americans age 20 and older are living with coronary heart disease;
  • 795,000 Americans will have a stroke this year; and
  • 103 million American adults have high blood pressure.

While these statistics can be stifling, the good news is, there are small changes you can make now to encourage big change in your heart health and lessen your risk of developing cardiovascular disease:

Stop Smoking

Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smokers. The risk of stroke also increases among smokers. The American Lung Association has tips on how to quit smoking.

 

Get active and lose weight

Regular physical activity can help improve the quality of, and lengthen, your life. It is recommended to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, five times a week. When you get active, you also increase the chance of losing weight, which reduces major burdens on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton.

 

Eat healthy and lower your blood sugar

Turns out the adage “we are what we eat” is true. One of the best methods to prevent heart disease is to eat heart healthy foods. Lowering our blood sugar and eating better will reduce unnecessary stress on our heart, arteries, eyes, nerves and kidneys. Follow the American Heart Association’s diet and lifestyle recommendations.

 

Control cholesterol and manage your blood pressure

Regular visits with your doctor can help to control your cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood pressure. High blood pressure presents a major risk for developing heart disease and suffering a stroke. In addition, high cholesterol leads to plague in our arteries, which can cause blockages which can also lead to heart disease and stroke. 

Fire Extinguisher Recall

More than 40 million Kidde brand fire extinguishers, some on the market for more than four decades, are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.

Photo of Fire Extinguishers

The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, the commission said Thursday.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com.

For more details please visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's web page.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety

We often emphasize the significance of working smoke alarms, but of similar importance is carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. According to national statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, CO kills more than 500 people and accounts for an estimated 20,000 emergency department visits annually in the United States. 

CO, often referred to as the "silent killer", is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by incomplete burning of common household fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, and oil. Symptoms of CO poisoning often present as the flu, food poisoning, or other illnesses. Shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea are just a few of the most common symptoms. If not detected, high levels of CO can lead to death within minutes. 

Fortunately, early discovery is possible with proper placement of working and maintained CO detectors. In residential dwellings, place a CO detector outside of each sleeping area and on every level of the residence. Regular maintenance includes testing your CO detector monthly by pressing the test button and changing the batteries at least once per year. 

For the safety of your family, follow these simple CO safety tips: 

 - Never run a vehicle or other fueled motor inside your garage, even if the doors are open. Move the vehicle outside as soon as you've started the engine. 
 - Only use generators in well-ventilated, outdoor locations that are away from any residence openings, including windows, doors, and vents. 
 - Never use a BBQ, gas or charcoal, inside. 
 - In inclement weather, keep all vents (fireplace, stove, dryer, furnace) clear of debris such as snow, leaves and branches, and storm build-up. 

If your CO detector sounds, immediately evacuate to a safe location outside and call 9-1-1. 

 

Bellevue Fire Department Patch

Contact

450 110th Avenue NEP.O. Box 90012 Bellevue, WA 98009

Telephone

425-452-6892

Emergency Phone Number

911

Fax Number

425-452-5287

Email

FireInfo@bellevuewa.gov

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