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Spokane Firefighters say to change smoke alarm batteries along with clocks for Daylight Savings Time

Spokane Firefighters say to change smoke alarm batteries along with clocks for Daylight Savings Time

 

The Spokane Firefighters Union is advising people to take the opportunity to check and change the batteries on their smoke detectors when setting their clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time.

 

According to the Spokane Firefighter's Union, two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Firefighters from the Spokane Firefighters Union, IAFF Local reminds citizens to not only change their clocks for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in their smoke alarms, too.
 

“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” said IAFF Local 29 President Don Waller.

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

 

At least 39 Washingtonians have reported getting ill from Salmonella bacteria after coming in contact with live poultry in the past three years, according to reports reviewed by disease investigators at the state’s Department of Health. These 39 cases were associated with three separate national Salmonella outbreaks that caused more than 1,200 people to get sick. Contact with live poultry may also have contributed to more than 100 other cases of salmonellosis in our state in the past three years that weren’t associated with any known outbreak.

 

Spring is the season when many people who have chickens or ducks in backyard flocks buy baby birds. From the time the baby birds arrive at home, children should be supervised carefully to make sure they wash their hands immediately after touching the animals or their environments. Another prevention step is to make sure children don’t snuggle or kiss the young poultry.

 

American Cancer Society offers monthly beauty workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment

American Cancer Society offers monthly beauty workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment

 

Women currently undergoing cancer treatment will have the opportunity to attend the American Cancer Society's next Look Good... Feel Better workshop at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital on Monday, March 9th.

 

Look Good…Feel Better is a free two-hour workshop that is conducted by trained and licensed volunteer beauty professionals who offer practical tips about skin care, makeup techniques, and guidance for coping with hair loss. Participants receive a free bag of makeup matched to their skin tone from leading cosmetic companies valued at about $250. Throughout the workshop, patients are able to talk with other cancer patients going through similar experiences.


 

Local game developers launch crowdfunding campaign for Ebola Attack, an independent game for good

Local game developers launch crowdfunding campaign for Ebola Attack, an independent game for good

Two local developers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to prove games aren't just fun, they also have the power to make a difference in the world.

 

In their game, Ebola Attack, players act as the hero white blood cell that must protect the red cells from a deadly infection: the Ebola virus. Over the course of the game, the human body is healed as gamers progress through increasing levels of difficulty. The player’s goal is to save as many people as possible, meanwhile, all net profits from the purchase of the app will aid the relief effort in the very real Ebola war zone in West Africa.

 

 

Raise awareness for women's heart health on National Wear Red Day Feb. 6

Raise awareness for women's heart health on National Wear Red Day Feb. 6

National Wear Red Day is on February 6th so the American Heart Association (AHA) is urging both women and men to "Go Red For Women that day. The national icon day is meant to bring attention to the alarming fact that one in every three women dies of heart disease and stroke annually in the United States. That is equivalent to one woman dying every minute from the disease. Spokane Mayor David Condon has also signed a proclamation declaring February 6 as Wear Red Day throughout the city of Spokane.

One of the iconic Steam Plant stacks will feature red lighting on February 6 and join landmarks across the country in raising awareness about women’s heart health.  

Smiles Dental to provide the Gift of Smiles in Spokane on Feb. 20

Smiles Dental to provide the Gift of Smiles in Spokane on Feb. 20

Smiles Dental will hold a free dental day at their Spokane location on February 20th for their Gift of Smiles effort.

Area residents who want to participate in the program are able to call in the day prior to the event to schedule a one hour appointment for either a cleaning, or dental work. Restorative work includes fillings, extractions, or anything that can be done in one hour without requiring additional labs.

“Gift of Smiles was created for the sole purpose of improving the lives and oral health in the communities we serve. This long-standing tradition is embraced by all of our teams, and has helped us fulfill our organizational mission of Ultimate Service, Superior Performance and Positive Impact,” said Dr. Jeromy Dixson, CEO and President of Smiles Dental.

Smiles Dental's Spokane location is at 101 W. Cascade Way in Suite 101. Participants for Gift of Smiles will need to call on February 19th to receive dental care on February 20th. The phone number to call to schedule an appointment is 509-468-0490.

Due to the popularity of the event, Smiles can only see patients who are scheduled in advance.

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health announced Wednesday that it is changing its corporate name to Group Hawks to show support for the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to battle the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The name change was announced Wednesday, and will continue through Sunday’s big game.

 

“Patients still can find the quality and affordable healthcare they’ve always experienced at Group Health, but at Group Hawks they’ll also find plenty of Seahawks fever,” said Scott Armstrong, Group Hawks CEO. “And Seahawks fever is a condition we have tested, and know from our evidence-based medicine approach, can have very positive patient outcomes.”

 

Medical experts at Group Hawks say these are the Seahawks fever symptoms to watch for:

  • Green and blue face paint
  • Irresistible urge to have the #12 prominently tattooed on limbs, face or other obvious body parts
  • A need to wear feathers
  • Sudden urges to yell “Go Hawks!”