Fireworks Safety

fireworksWith the 4th of July approaching, it is important to keep safety in mind when handling fireworks. Fireworks are not only dangerous for children, but also for adults.  Some quick statistics to keep in mind during your holiday are below.

  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

  • In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 61% of 2010 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the head.

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. Learn more here.

If you still plan to use fireworks, keep these tips in mind and use them safely!

    • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    • Never consume alcohol before or during the handling of fireworks.
    • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
    • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
    • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
    • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
    • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Information on fireworks safety came from here and here.

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Calling All Michigan Libraries!


For the last three years, libraries across Michigan have participated in a simple and effective campaign to educate patrons about organ, tissue, and eye donation and encouraged them to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. The campaign is called Michigan Libraries for Life. This effort was originally spearheaded in 2010 by the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, but has expanded to include public, academic, special, and hospital libraries across the state. This collaborative effort has inspired 1348 people to sign up as donors!

More than 95% of Americans support organ, tissue and eye donation. In Michigan, only 39% of adults have joined the state’s donor registry, far lower than the 45% average nationwide.  That discrepancy is largely due to state residents not knowing how to properly join the Registry.  Michigan Libraries for Life helps to address that informational need.

We are excited to bring this life-saving event back in 2013!  Participating libraries are welcome to join the effort for as many hours as they are able to staff a registration table in their libraries, from 2 hours to 7 days. This year’s drive will start on Monday, October 7th and run through Sunday, October 13th. Gift of Life Michigan will provide free in-person training for library representatives at their Ann Arbor headquarters on Friday, August 23rd. We are also developing additional training materials for institutions that are unable to attend the in-person session.

The key to this program’s success is the participation of dozens of libraries. We would like to extend a formal invitation to your library to join the 2013 Michigan Libraries for Life Organ Donor Registration Drive. If your organization would like to participate in this year’s effort, please contact us at or (734) 936-1394 to receive more information.

You can also find Michigan Libraries for Life on Facebook!

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Adolescent Confidentiality

Join Dr. Christian Pariseau, MD FAAP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Section Chief – Adolescent Medicine, Medical Co-Director – U of M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program & Dr. Elisabeth H. Quint, MD, U-M Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship, Assistant Dean for Clinical Faculty for a lively discussion of medical ethics this Wednesday, June 26th  at 12 PM in Ford Auditorium, University Hospital.
This Bioethics Grand Round will focus on the issue of confidentiality when speaking to adolescents. It is sponsored by the UMHS Adult Medical Ethics Committee and the Program of Society and Medicine. This educational session is open to all faculty and staff and members of the public. CME and CEU credit is available. Please feel free to bring your lunch!
Learn more about this event here.

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Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries


The Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine Exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is coming to Taubman Health Sciences Library from July 22, 2013 to August 31, 2013!

With a nation divided, the American Civil War was a war to preserve the Union. For African Americans, it was a fight for freedom and a chance for full participation in American society. As all Americans sought ways to participate and contribute to the war effort for the Union, African Americans moved beyond the prejudices they faced to serve as soldiers, nurses, surgeons, laundresses, cooks, and laborers. Their participation challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America.

This Illustration of an African American man assisting a medical officer on the battlefield, Harper's Weekly, August 20, 1864 Courtesy Harper's Weekly is just one of many interesting images from the exhibit.

 Illustration of an African American man assisting a medical officer on the battlefield, Harper’s Weekly, August 20, 1864 Courtesy Harper’s Weekly

Check out the exhibit online for some cool activities and further educational resources.

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Air Pollution Community Forum

Do you live in Southeast Michigan?

Do you want to learn more about air pollution research going on in your community?

Do you have questions about air pollution in your community?06-18-13-air-pollution-forum

If your answer was yes to these questions, the University of Michigan and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), invite you to  attend a community forum about air pollution, to learn about research being conducted in the Detroit area, and to voice your concerns to government officials about issues related to air pollution.

The forum will be held tomorrow, June 18th from 6-8 PM in the First Congregational Church of Detroit (map), with the director of NIEHS, Dr. Linda Birnbaum, as a featured speaker at the event. This community forum will include activities for children, Spanish/Arabic/American Sign Language translation, raffle prizes and light refreshments.

Transportation will be provided from several locations:

For additional information on transportation contact Myra Tetteh, or (734) 764-8632.

Learn  more about this event here.



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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013


June 15th marks the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. –Administration on Aging

How can I get involved?


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Mayor’s Green Fair

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What: The 13th annual Mayor’s Green Fair will be open to pedestrians for free entertainment and over 150 exhibits with local environmental information and  hands-on activities for youth.

When: Friday, June 14th from 6-9 PM

Where: Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street

Who: Over 150 exhibitors with resources on green commuting, clean energy, and other environmental concerns will be at the fair to share information! Plus, there will be activities for kids! Click here for a full list of the exhibitors.

Why: Learn more about living green while in Ann Arbor and have an educational and fun night out on the town!

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