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Food Borne Illnesses

Keep yourself and your family safe from food-related illness as you prep and handle food. Often called food poisoning, about 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year from foodborne diseases. Here's what you can do to reduce the likelihood:

• Clean – Wash your hands and food-preparation surfaces often with soap and water or commercial antibacterial products. Germs can reside in many places such as your hands, utensils, and cutting boards. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water.
• Separate – Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods unless you keep them separate.
• Cook – Cook to the right temperature. Use a food thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature
• Chill – Keep your refrigerator below 40 F and refrigerate foods promptly.

For more info, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at

Shoveling Safety

On average, 100 individuals die from heart attacks each year attributed to shoveling. Most are men. With an average annual snowfall of 83.4" here in Binghamton, you can take precautions so you aren't another statistic!

Here are a few suggestions:
• Don't work until you are exhausted
• Shovel small sections at a time
• Know the temperature and wind-chill factor, and determine how long you should be exposed to those conditions
• Use a snow blower
• Many hands, make lighter work, team up with other individuals

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Heating Safety

We all can do something to prevent heating fires. Here are some suggestions:

Wood fireplaces:

· Have the chimney cleaned once a year

· Dispose of ashes outside in a metal container until embers are completely out


· Have the furnace checked by a qualified service technician

· If equipped, replace the filters as required by the manufacturer

Space heaters (Not Permitted in Residence Halls):

· Always plug the heater directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord or a surge protector.

Carbon Monoxide detectors:

· If you use any wood, coal, or gas burning products as a heat source, install a CO2 detector on every floor pf your home where heat is supplied.


Last Updated: 1/21/19