Outdoor Safety

Avoid Ticks to Prevent Lyme Disease  

  • Man spraying bug spray on legs

Lyme disease is a potentially life-changing infection caused by bacteria. In Indiana, it is transmitted by the black-legged tick. Fortunately, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease takes at least 3 to 4 days to enter the body after the tick attaches.   If you go into the woods or fields […]

Tips for Sharing the Road with Buggies and Farm Equipment

  • Man driving a tractor on a road

Sharing the road in Rush County includes watching out for Amish buggies and large farm equipment, as well as cars and cyclists. Here are a few tips for safe driving on Rush County roads.   1) Be careful when passing. Some farm equipment is too large to safely pass on back roads. Often our back roads lack […]

Sunglasses are healthy for your eyes

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Eyes can be damaged by UV light from the sun, leading to eye cancer, cataracts, and growths on the eye. To protect your eyes, don’t choose sunglasses by the color, since darker glasses don’t give more protection. Instead, buy sunglasses labeled as giving 100% […]

10 Tips for Winter Wheelchair Safety

Navigating through snow and ice can be challenging for everyone, but particularly for those who are wheelchair or scooter-bound.  Here are some tips to make winter travel a bit easier. Before winter sets in, get your wheelchair serviced to make sure that everything is in top working order. This is […]

Adapt to cold weather with layered clothing

There is an old saying to the effect that, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. If Indiana weather were more extreme, all Hoosiers would be forced to invest in heavy duty winter clothing. However, even in Indiana, being properly dressed can give us the freedom […]

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

  • Poison Ivy

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are all caused by uroshiol, an oil that is found in all three plants. Since the rash doesn’t appear for 12 to 72 hours, at first it can be hard to tell if you have it. If you think you’ve been exposed, immediately […]

Safe Tick Removal

Ticks are one of the less fortunate signs of summer. The key to safe tick removal is speed. Remove the tick as soon as possible after it latches on. Grab it as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers and jerk straight up. If part of […]