THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Recent forest fires in the western United States have put a spotlight on a fire-management approach called controlled burning. Health researchers are weighing in, too, saying controlled burns pose less of an air pollution risk to children than wildfires.
Controlled, or prescribed, burns are done to reduce levels of material that can feed wild...
TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fire Capt. Jay Northup lit the fuse for the intended climax of his backyard fireworks display, a pricey 12-mortar box that would create a wondrous shower of glittering lights over his neighborhood.
Three of the 12 tubes went off, and then silence. A dud.
"I spent $600 on that, it's going to work," recalled Northup, who serves with th...
FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wildfires like those that recently burned wide swaths of California to the ground can cause air quality problems that pose a threat to human health far from the fire site, researchers say.
An analysis of U.S. government data collected from 2006 to 2013 found that smoke plumes from wildfires can be carried high into the air and spread over tho...
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colorful lights and candles can make the holidays sparkle, but child safety should be a priority when decking the halls or trimming a tree, a leading pediatricians' group says.
Christmas trees adorn many homes during the holidays but they can pose fire and other safety hazards if certain precautions aren't taken, the American Academy of Ped...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer.
It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population.
FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests.
The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other househ...
FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Preventable deaths spike during the summer in the United States. But, following some simple safety measures can reduce accidents, the National Safety Council says.
"Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the public service organization.
MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Intense heat and strain appear to put firefighters at a greater risk of heart attack, a new study finds.
The physical demands of firefighting may trigger the formation of blood clots and impair blood vessel function -- two factors associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers in Scotland report.