Thursday, April 14, 4:30-6 pm
Friday, April 10, 2016, 7:30 am - 9 am
Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are common materials found in the home (cleaners, solvents, paint) that would be classified and regulated as hazardous waste if generated by industries (or colleges, hospitals and research labs). However, HHW is not subject to the same stringent rules as regular hazardous waste and much of it is improperly disposed of or allowed to build up to dangerous levels in homes.
It is open only to UAB students, faculty and staff so bring your ID along with your waste. Take this opportunity to rid your home of these dangerous items.
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image by James Gathany
Along with the continued risk of contracting diseases already established in the U.S., climate change and increased globalization are expanding the geographical range of key vectors, such as the mosquito species that transmit chikungunya and zika virus.
Most vector-borne diseases have no cure so, when traveling into your back yard or beyond you’re only left with the choice of an ounce or a pound of prevention.
Fortunately, we can all take steps such as:
- use an effective insect repellent on skin and clothing
- wear long sleeves and long pants (when it's not too hot)
- take care of our yards to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs
- reduce brush, tall grasses, leaf litter, and harborage where ticks may like to hang out
The CDC also provides educational information on approved repellents and other methods for preventing tick and mosquito bites.
OH&S Safety Short: Fight the Bite
As you are planning your Spring Break trip to the beautiful gulf coast beaches or an exotic location somewhere else in the world, take into consideration the potential dangers from rip currents. Know what to do to avoid them altogether and if you happen to get caught in one – know what to do to survive. Don’t be a statistic!
The National Weather Service has prepared an excellent guide for beach and sun hazards.
Get all of your preparedness information including a list of useful items to put in your “go bag” at uab.edu/emergency.