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Florida Department of Health Encourages Kids To Be a Hero and ‘Spill The Water!’ To Fight Mosquitoes

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Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is educating Florida’s youth on mosquito bite prevention and enlisting their help in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses in a new campaign that encourages kids to “Spill the Water!”

The Florida Department of Health and its diverse partners on the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Steering Committee have completed the comprehensive SHIP, which is a five-year plan that includes strategic interventions designed to make a positive impact on the health of all Floridians.

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The Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County urges everyone to be safe during this recent cold weather. Some safety tips are: - Stay indoors as much as possible. If you go outside, dress in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing. - Be sure to check on family and friends who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards, such as young children, older adults, and those who are chronically ill. - Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. - Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by NEVER using a generator, charcoal or gas grills indoors, even in a garage. Carbon monoxide is a very deadly odorless, colorless gas that cannot be detected without a CO detector. - Leave your home's water taps slightly open so they drip continuously and pipes won't freeze. - Eat well-balanced meals to stay warmer. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Drink warm beverages instead. - Provide pets a warm shelter. - Wild animals can be displaced by cold weather. Stay clear of wild or feral animals, especially if they look sick or appear injured. For more information on cold weather safety, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Winter Weather Preparedness page

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