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Welcome to the Safety Corner! This email series, provided by the Flood Control District Human Resources Division, will provide monthly tips to stay safe year-round. This month we have a double feature!: How to keep your heart healthy and a chance to learn more about the dangers of Radon.

Keep your Heart Healthy

1. Eat Healthy 

  • Controlling your portion size. Don’t overeat.

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.

  • Select whole grains.

  • Limit unhealthy fats.

  • Choose low-fat protein sources.

  • Limit your salt (sodium) intake.

2. Get Active

  • Perform aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week.

  • Perform resistance training at least two nonconsecutive days per week.

  • Perform stretching exercises every day, before and after exercising.

3. Stay at a healthy weight

  • A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 falls within the healthy weight range.

4. Avoid Smoking and secondhand smoke.

5. Control Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol.

6. Drink Alcohol In Moderation.

7. Manage Stress.

8. Know The Symptoms of a Cardiac Event

  • Chest pain or discomfort

  • Heart Palpitations

  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fainting

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness


The below links are the references for the information in the memo:

The Dangers of Exposure to Radon

1. What is radon?

  • Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking.


2. Where does radon come from?

  • Radon gas forms naturally when uranium in soil breaks down. Once formed, radon enters a building through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings.


3. What are the health effects of radon?

  • Radioactive particles released when radon decays can be inhaled into the lungs and attack your cells with dangerous cancer-causing radiation.


4. How can one protect against radon?

  • You can test the air in you home using do-it-yourself test kits and digital detectors or hire a certified radon-testing professional.

  • If radon is detected in your home, you can have a radon mitigation system installed to collect radon gas from underneath the foundation and vent it to the outside.

  • If you are building a new home, ask your contractor to install radon-resistant features.


The below links are the references for the information in the memo:

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