Tips to help prevent mosquito bites
- Apply insect repellent containing EPA registered active ingredients, including DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin. Repellents keep mosquitoes from biting.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in very small amounts of standing water.
- Install screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Fire Safety Tips
Here are some tips as we enter into another wild land fire season during drought conditions.
- Make sure your roof covering materials are not made of wood (composition, metal or tile are good alternative choices).
- Keep your rain gutters clear of debris, don’t pile combustibles against your home, and plant mostly drought resistant vegetation. Your local nursery most likely has a large array of drought-resistant plants to choose from.
- Have a “ready kit” packed and near your door in case you need to evacuate. Visit Readyforwildfire.org for additional important information about home fire safety. You can also contact your local fire department for further fire safety advice.
Health and Safety Tips
As members of the Matt Garcia Foundation, we all proudly share the lifelong goals of helping others in need and improving our community. In order to provide this service to the best of our ability, we must first take care of ourselves. Our personal health is paramount.
Maintaining a good strength and exercise regimen, eating healthy and lowering stress are three lifestyle habits that reduce your risk of heart attacks, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. According to most reputable health journals, we should try to maintain 30 minutes of daily rigorous activity (such as walking briskly or something equivalent).
Try to eat a healthy balance of fresh fruits and vegetables and incorporate something that reduces your stress level each day. Remember, a little is better than none, so don’t overdo it and cause an injury. Start slow and set realistic goals.