June 29, 2022 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Small Actions That Create Significant Differences

If you haven’t been in tune with what’s happening in the news lately, there was a massive oil spill along the Southern California coastline spreading from Huntington Beach to surrounding areas. Over 13,000 gallons have already spilled out, and marine life from plants to fish, turtles, seafaring birds, and more have been affected. 

The spill has created an ecological catastrophe that has overwhelmed local response teams. As a result, there has been a public call to action for donations to help with mitigation, rescue and recovery efforts, and cleanup programs. 

The City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister is on record as stating, “as we witness the devastating effects of the climate emergency unfold in a myriad of ways across the globe, the news of the oil spill hits close to home for our community.” 

She continued, “Trained spill-response personnel are deployed to stop the spread of the oil and to clean up parts of the environment that have been affected, so volunteers are not needed at this time. But donations are vital to helping organizations respond to the overwhelming need.”

While the catastrophe unfolds, there are health risks as consequences of the oil spill. And those health risks got us thinking about health risks around the house that are easily preventable. 

Some of the primary health concerns around the home include:

Injury From Falls 

Falls are the number 1 cause of severe injury and death in the home. The primary victims of severe injuries from falls are the elderly, and a few simple prevention tips are all it can take to avoid a nasty fall. Falls typically happen on staircases or the bathroom as people climb or descend the stairs or enter into or from the tub. A simple solution is to add handrails or other assistance for those high-risk areas, including non-slip mats in and around the bathroom. 

Accidental Poisoning

A second leading cause of severe issues is accidental poisoning, typically associated with young children. There are over 5,000 unintentional poisoning fatalities per year, and there are some simple solutions to avoid these tragedies. Store all chemical cleaners in secure cabinets or raised above the reach of a curious little one. Paint and other toxins should be stored in a locked storage area or placed high above on a rack in the garage. Do not store any potential toxin or poison in food containers, and have the poison control center number in a precise, easy-to-access location. 

Carbon Monoxide

The danger of carbon monoxide is that it is a clear, odorless gas that can slowly asphyxiate you and your loved ones. The primary way to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning is to have detectors located around the home, especially near or inside bedrooms. Another tip is to get yearly service for your home HVAC system, especially the heater, before the cold weather comes. 

Fire Hazards 

The third cause of death at home is due to fires in the house. Again, there could be issues with too much clutter, unsupervised fire risks associated with cooking or children, and the risk associated with pests. 

To eliminate and minimize these risks include:

  • Installing in-home smoke detectors
  • Always supervise cooking and open flame
  • Get electric wiring tested annually as pests or corrosion could create a potential fire risk
  • Be aware of external lights such as during the holidays, a faulty bulb or wiring is a significant risk factor
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving or going to sleep
  • Get your storage area inspected to eliminate the risk of pests and nesting. A good example is to get your attic inspected and consider attic cleaning services to take care of any potential risks associated with clutter and pests

Avoiding the potential of in-home risks is easy, but take some action. The environmental risks associated with climate crises are more complex to mitigate as an individual. That said, there are some simple ways you can minimize your impact on the environment, and those include: 

Being engaged and encouraging representatives to take action

Participating in volunteer organizations to aid in sustainability

Support local small businesses and farms

Move to a more sustainable home

  • Choosing more energy-efficient appliances
  • Turn off and unplug all devices when not in use
  • Use public transportation and hybrid/electric vehicles
  • Minimize packaging and single-use bags
  • Move away from a meat-centric diet

Taken together, these small efforts can add up to significant positive impacts on your safety at home and benefit your environment as well. 

in NEWS
Related Posts

Santa Monica’s Building Bridges Art Exchange Presents: J.J. Martin’s “Role Models”

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

A traveling exhibit in partnership with Indianilla Cultural Center, Mexico City and Real de Catorce Cultural Center, Real de Catorce,...

Los Angeles Frenchie Reaches Record Age Milestone for Its Breed, Surpassing Recent Life Expectancy Report by Three Fold

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Learn about Rocco the French bulldog  By Susan Payne Native to Brazil, Rocco the French bulldog has reached an age...

44 Years Later, MLB’s First Openly Gay Player Glenn Burke Now Celebrated by Dodgers

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Glenn Burke celebrated at Dodgers Pride night By Susan Payne The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ninth annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night celebrated...

The Book Jewel Celebrates Pride Month as a Community

June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022

Westchester bookstore hosting series of events this month The Book Jewel in Westchester is hosting several events this month that...

A Staple Tamales Vendor’s Truck Was Stolen. Friends of the Vendor Are Asking for LGBTQ+ Support to Bring Back Her Only Source of Income

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

By Susan Payne For nearly 16 years, a 52-year-old single mother of two has been serving the Los Angeles LGBTQ+...

LGBT Center Welcomes Incoming CEO Joe Hollendoner

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

By Susan Payne In an in-person sustaining donor event last November, longtime Chief Executive Officer Lorri L. Jean for the...

Culver City Pride Ride and Rally Around the Corner

June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 9 AM Pride Ride | 11 AM Rally Culver City’s second ever Pride celebration is set...

Police: Catholic High School Football Players Sexually Assault New Student

June 10, 2022

June 10, 2022

By Susan Payne Months of controversy over an alleged hazing scandal at a private high school in Santa Ana have...

Media Matters: Anti-Trans Violence Increases as TV News Coverage Drops 20%

June 10, 2022

June 10, 2022

By Susan Payne A report released by Media Matters’ LGBTQ Program found that national cable and corporate broadcast TV networks...

Oil Can Harry’s Named Historic-Cultural Monument

June 10, 2022

June 10, 2022

By Susan Payne For its historic and social significance to San Fernando Valley and the LGBTQ+ community, Oil Can Harry’s...

Music of Queen Preformed by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles at Fairmont Century Plaza

June 7, 2022

June 7, 2022

Free event June 18th at 7p.m. To celebrate PRIDE the Fairmont Century Plaza located will host an incredible performance by...

SaMo PRIDE Returns!

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

Month-long Pride celebration brings together community, families and LGBTQIA+ supporters of all ages SaMo PRIDE has returned! The city-wide celebration...

Rainbow on Royce Hall for Pride 2022

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

To mark the beginning of Pride Month on June 1, UCLA lit up one of its iconic buildings to acknowledge...

Pride Is Here. Here’s What You Can Expect in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Long Beach

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

By Susan Payne West Hollywood Pride: With Liberty, Diversity, Inclusion and Progress for All As California enters Pride month, WeHo...