FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: IS THAT A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT OR THE FLU?

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 17, 2014 (San Diego)--During a hazardous materials incident, firefighters and first responders isolate the area and deny entry to keep it contained.  The same goes if you have the flu.  Both are toxic and pose an unreasonable risk to our Health, Safety and Environment!  Isolate yourself and stay away from others because it spreads through contamination.

Nothing is more disgusting than to see people sick in the gym, restaurants, stores, offices or at work – even many of those who serve us are sick with the flu.  And we wonder why it’s an epidemic?

The flu can spread up to six feet away. This happens when flu sufferers cough, sneeze or talk, or when a caretaker or family member touches something that has flu virus on it and then touches their own mouth or nose.  You’ve been exposed to the hazardous contaminants at that point!

Hand-washing is one of the best ways to stay healthy during the flu season.  If you’re sick take it a step further.  Stay home, isolate yourself, deny contact and exposure to others as much as possible! If you’re sick, consider yourself a Haz Mat Incident and be a good first responder - stay home!  Be part of the solution, not the problem.

For additional Flu tips visit: http://www.ehow.com/how_7482408_stay-home-work-sick.html