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Raffle Prize presentation

In photo: Chief Sal Gullo, Captain John Wolf, Lara Harrison, Wendy and Bill Hinds.

Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc. thanks community

The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade (PVFB), Inc. held its raffle and sold its goal quantity of tickets. The community was very generous and deserves a “thank you” for donations to our fire brigade. We plan to utilize your donations to help fund purchases of needed equipment, training for our members, and free CPR classes for community members. Our brigade members and fellow community members benefit directly from your contributions.

The fire brigade was happy to participate in the Placitas Appreciation Day and we look forward to events in the future where we can interact with our community as a proud partner.

PVFB, Inc. is continuing to offer CPR classes free to our residents. The next scheduled class is July 11 at 1:00 p.m. at our fire station at 463 Highway 165. Call (505) 867-5080 to register. Leave a message and we will call you back to verify your registration. The first class offered in June was a success, and we look forward to an additional class which will be scheduled in the future.

Join us for the July 4th parade, with step-off at 11:00 a.m., to proceed through the village east bound on Highway 165. Please be careful if you use fireworks on the 4th. Remember the safety rules: no fireworks louder than a cap gun, no fireworks higher than ten feet, and none wider than three feet (Sandoval County Ordinance). We will be on patrol the night of the 4th to keep our community safe from wildfires.

Survive the summer: hot weather myths you need to know

—Dr. Adesman, North Shore Long Island JHS

As all new parents know, the summer months provide greater opportunities to enjoy the outdoors; however, they also present seasonal health risks and challenges. “There are many myths and misconceptions regarding hot weather activities, and unfortunately, these can pose serious health risks,” says Dr. Andrew Adesman, Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Adesman is also the author of a new book on pediatric myths entitled BabyFacts.

Although most people likely know that you don’t get warts from touching toads, many other health misconceptions persist regarding outdoor activities. For example, many people believe that you need to wait thirty minutes or longer before swimming after a meal when, in fact, there really is no need to wait at all. Another popular myth is that potato salad is the first thing to go bad at a picnic. According to Dr. Adesman, this may have been true years ago when it was prepared with homemade mayonnaise (which contains uncooked eggs).Today, this is much less of a concern if the salad is made with commercially-prepared mayonnaise.

Here are some other hot weather myths that will help you survive the summer:

  • Poison ivy rash is contagious.
  • Fans are a good way to prevent heat stroke.
  • You can catch a cold immediately after leaving an air-conditioned room.
  • Urinate on a jellyfish sting to soothe the pain.
  • You should suck out the venom from a snake bite.
  • Sparklers are a safe alternative to fireworks.
  • Dark-skinned people do not need sunscreen.
  • Citronella candles are an effective mosquito repellent.
  • The higher the percentage of DEET, the more mosquitoes will be repelled.
  • Wearing less clothing makes you feel cooler.
  • You need to put on sunscreen right before you go outdoors.
  • And finally, there is no harm in urinating in a public pool that is properly chlorinated.*

*Regarding this last myth… although there are no special dyes in pools that detect urine (a popular myth that may serve as a deterrent for some), urine can cause eye irritation and breathing difficulties when it mixes with chlorine. Dr. Adesman notes that in a very recent survey of one thousand adults, seventeen percent to admitted urinating in a swimming pool, indicating that many people obviously consider this to be acceptable behavior. A word to the wise…






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